Questions About the "Compare" Signal

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Questions About the "Compare" Signal

Postby rsox5000 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:05 am

Can I use a "Compare" signal to both provide a citation for my rule as well as explain it? For example, should I have [rule] [cite to case X] and then have my "Compare" signal? Or can I just have [rule] ["Compare" case X with case y]? Also, sorry if none of that made sense; I've been working all day and it's currently 4 o'clock and I'm running on fumes.


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Re: Questions About the "Compare" Signal

Postby criminaltheory » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:35 pm

Probably best to use it in context of comparing the cases relevant to diverging points of law you've already been discussing. If you're just pointing out a conflict or difference of opinions, perhaps "but see" is the best option.

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Re: Questions About the "Compare" Signal

Postby BeeTeeZ » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:57 am

Why not just use a parenthetical?

Example for battery:

A battery can occur even if the victim's body is not touched. [Citation] (finding defendant committed battery when he knocked a plate out of the plaintiff's hand).

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