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legal precedent

noun authoritative decision, auuhoritative principle of law, case law, controlling law, established doctrine, legal doctrine, model, ruling, standard
See also: jurisprudence
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The argument, according to Mukasey, flies in the face of existing legal precedent, other text in the policy, the context, and logic.
Gripped by their Islamic fervor, they are often taken aback when reminded of this important legal precedent that shaped interfaith relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, and of its Quranic basis in injunctions like "there shall be no compulsion in religion," and "tell the infidels, 'to you your religion, to me mine.
Legal precedent makes it likely that Judge Clarence Newcomer, who oversaw both trials, will reduce the total to about $8.
I, Dred Scott; a fictional slave narrative based on the life and legal precedent of Dred Scott.
While the opinion does not have the power of law, observers say it could be used as a legal precedent for civil lawsuits.
The ruling is a legal precedent for all EU and EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein).
A final hunting ban would instigate a legal precedent and example to other countries which participate in the barbaric practice of hunting.
On a split panel, by contrast, an outlier judge can act as a whistleblower by forcing his colleagues to adhere more closely to legal precedent.
Moore's 5,280-pound granite display clearly violates the Constitution and legal precedent and must be removed, Khan advised the three-judge panel.
Stevenson's letter pointed out that in making an "unreasonable risk" finding under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), Commissioners should look to legal precedent.
This ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sets a legal precedent that could extend to a wide range of illnesses associated with the toxic herbicide, providing veterans millions of dollars in additional compensation.
In a court of law, where rulings are often based on legal precedents, the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice often ends up citing the legal precedent of itself.