It’s called stare decisis, Latin for “let the decision stand,” and it’s one of the most important principles of English and American law. When a court follows stare decisis it is following precedent, doing what its predecessors have done. “In the United States,” say several legal dictionaries, “courts seek to follow precedent whenever possible, seeking to maintain stability and continuity in the law….
But not the current version of The U.S. Supreme Court. Laura Paskus on a legal decision with a big impact on New Mexico and the American environment.