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Unformatted text preview: explains, you will probably find a more complete statement of the courts holding further along in the opinion or at the end, after discussing its reasoning (p. ix). Reasoning Why did the court reach the decision it did? What arguments justify the holding? Because judges often write many pages when justifying and explaining their decisions, this can be a difficult section for students to write. The doctrine of stare decisis requires judges to align their decision with legal principles established in previously decided cases. As a result, court opinions take considerable space to show how the current decision is consistent with the established principles. Your job is to state, as succinctly as possible, the rationale provided by the courts majority in support of their decision....
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