Waldo Jaquith

by Waldo Jaquith

At first blush, state legal codes seem pretty simple. You’ve got titles, which are composed of chapters, which in turn comprise sections — or something very much like that. It’s a straightforward hierarchy, and you might not think that there’s a lot of interesting metadata to be extracted from them. But it turns out that […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

State laws are written for and by attorneys. While that might make for a good legal system, it sure makes them hard for regular people to understand. There’s code law — what law books are full of — and then there’s case law, which is how the laws are actually interpreted by courts. Every time […] more »