Monday, July 4, 2016

Courts can “reform” or rewrite a state statute

State statute: when no constitutional interpretation is possible:

In California, a court can “reform” or rewrite a state statute to avoid invalidating it on specific constitutional grounds when the intention of the legislature or the electorate is clear (Kopp v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n, 11 Cal. 4th 607, 615 (1995)). (Macfarlane, Dudovitz, Rowe, California Legal Research, Second Edition, 2013, p. 5).

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