Bryan A. Garner, the founder of LawProse, has devoted his National Review column (“Garner the Grammarian”) to why American judges so frequently cite dictionaries and grammars. You’ll find it here: https://rb.gy/3vlma. The magazine editors have kindly dropped their paywall for a limited time so you can access this.
If you’re not already up to date, be sure you have the most recent editions of Black’s Law Dictionary and Garner’s Modern English Usage.
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