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Obiter Dictum
Obiter Dictum

Obiter Dictum Obiter dictum is something that is said in passing. It is an observation or opinion of the court but one not necessary to the decision at hand. It is sometimes a persuasive point but not relevant to the issue decided. Mr. Chief Justice Taney writing for the ...

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