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WHY THE SWITCH-HITTING CENTRIST SWITCHES: A RHETORICAL HISTORY OF SIGNIFICANT RULINGS BY JUSTICE KENNEDY

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Since their induction onto the Supreme Court, no judge has been the pivotal fifth vote in hotly contested court cases more so than Former Justice Anthony Kennedy. In spite of this, little attention has been given to the rhetoric he has used when justifying his decision in these highly controversial cases. By conducting a rhetorical history of three controversial cases in which Justice Kennedy subverted the public’s expectations for how he would vote, it can be seen that common rhetorical tactics exist across the opinions that he authors. Through an analysis of these rhetorical tactics, it becomes clear that Justice Kennedy was a nuanced rhetorician, capable of skillfully crafting decisions that would be persuasive to both legal and public readers.
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contributor
Manchester, John (author)
Atchison, Robert J (committee chair)
Louden, Allan (committee member)
Coughlin, Christine (committee member)
date
2019-05-24T08:35:47Z (accessioned)
2019-05-24T08:35:47Z (available)
2019 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/93965 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
WHY THE SWITCH-HITTING CENTRIST SWITCHES: A RHETORICAL HISTORY OF SIGNIFICANT RULINGS BY JUSTICE KENNEDY
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Thesis

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