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  •  Stare Decisis (none)
    So I took Latin in college and I actually passed the class.

    Decisis was an easy one, as it's the base of our word Decided.  But I had to go look up Stare, which means to stand beside.

    So this phrase means to stand beside things decided.

    There's more on it at wikipedia.

    Seems to be a fancy phrase for precedent. :-)

    That's interesting in the wiki article about Scalias view that we have only Civil Law in this nation and not Common Law.  I've always been of the mind that we have both, that our Common Law derived from our British heritage as a nation.

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