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QUESTION: Hey Jeff,
Greetings! Do long titles of statute indicate purpose of a statute?
Are Defences in criminal law mentioned in "Options" section in analysis?

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ANSWER: Bilal,

Yes, long titles of statutes actually do provide a brief summary and purpose for the statute.  Yes, the defenses or affirmative defenses are mentioned in the options section of the analysis.  Thank you!

   

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QUESTION: For instance there is a statute X , Legislature interpret it as Y(Purposive Approach) and the law suit interprets an X statute's element "U" as Z (Literal Approach),  other Element of X statute that is V as W (contextual approach) and final element of X statute that is B as C (purposive approach)  .  Conclusively, There is a difference. Even the statutory interpretation would be different in all three elements of the same statute X ?
Each element would be interpreted different in the same statute X ?


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Bilal,

Sorry for delay.  Essentially the answer for each is yes.  The statutory interpretation would or could be different in all three elements in the same statute.  That is why the record of minutes from the Legislative notes and any other white papers, etc. are so important to determine why the statute was passed.  

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Jeffrey Hauck

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Criminologist. Professor of Criminal Justice. Licensed Private Detective with expansive clientele base encompassing hundreds of cases. Donates resources and time to the Children's Rescue Network in Orlando, FL.

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