In 2012, legal writing guru Bryan Garner proposed writing another book with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia—this one on the role and value of precedents in judicial decision-making.

Garner had co-written successful books with Scalia on making persuasive legal arguments and on statutory interpretation. But this time Scalia balked, telling Garner that a book on precedents would be “impossible to research properly.”

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