Costs not Expenses by Raymond A. Foss

A fine line in the sand
of import
to find balance of equities
costs yes, expenses no
parsing subtleties of word and meaning
A claim to need
“unambiguous” language
with clear notice
when the words are there, already
just under the surface,
the letter of the law
breathed with life
by the words they wrote
that weren’t given weight
by the new court, new believers
seeing a piece of stare decisis
where feeling for the burden
of the defenders of the rights
the purpose of the law
is lost in parsed words

by Raymond A. Foss

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