"Counsel for the parties transparently told the Court that they were engaging in a legal fiction
to reach a plea agreement favorable to Mr.
Rather than involving collective oath breaking in the courtroom, legal fictions
are an accepted common law judicial tool for adapting legal concepts to cover new circumstances that fit the sense of the concept but not its formal terms.
Three chapters are published for the first time: "Introduction: Of Legal Fictions
and Narrative Worlds" (1); "The Dead Sea Scrolls and Rabbinic Judaism after Sixty (Plus) Years: Retrospect and Prospect" (6); and "Afterword: Between History and Its Redemption" (25).
* The reliance on a novel legal fiction
to justify the seizure in the U.S.
(10) Some of the boldest legal fictions
And rather than deluding ourselves with legal fictions
of corporate personhood, let's work with the legal (and regal) realities.
Citing the work of William Blackstone, Jeremy Bentham and others, Chaplin foregrounds the rise of a positivist approach to legal practice--an approach that attempted to rid the law of what Bentham identified as its spurious legal fictions
. This jurisprudence rested on the assumption that the law's meaning and authority was grounded in the clarity and verisimilitude of the legal text itself.
But corporations are legal fictions
, not people with legitimate privacy concerns.
- Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday When I told my mates I was going to review Legal Fictions
starring Edward Fox, they couldn't quite believe it.
That these rights included life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was a later iteration of the principle, but these resonant rights have always been as much legal fictions
as anything else.
But losing the understanding that they are legal fictions
, not real beings, has the effect of obscuring our recognition that corporations can do nothing; whatever is done is done by people, people whose acts should bear individual responsibility and accountability.
Both involve fictions, so why are legal fictions
of any more worth than dramatic ones?