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Jun 2, 2015

Like Humpty Dumpty: Some Courts Insist That They Won’t Be Servants to Words but Will, Instead, Decide for Themselves What the Words Will Mean

Even appellate courts sometimes disregard the operative language of a problem in order to achieve the result they want. A recent example is State v. Crombie, 267 Or. App. 705 (2014), which is a contempt action arising from a Family Abuse Prevention Act (“FAPA”) order and a divorce.

In Crombie the wife had obtained what the court described as “a standard-form FAPA order that prohibited her husband, the defendant, from, “‘intimidating, molesting, interfering with … Read more