The Role Of Text And Tradition In The Interpretation Of Municipal Charters

I argued a very interesting case this morning in the Supreme Court concerning how municipal charters should be interpreted when the text of the charter and the actual, longstanding practice (two decades, to be precise) of the local government allegedly conflict. 

The Supreme Court expedited briefing of the case, DeMayo v. Quinn, this summer so that it would be ready for argument in September.  Now we await a decision. . . .

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