Talk:Anderson v. Liberty Lobby

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This article (and I suspect others - I just got here via "Random Page") really needs to be clarified so that non-lawyers are able to make any sense of some of the more obscure notes:

  • 477 U.S. 242 - it would be interesting to know what this code means - if it's part of a system, maybe make an article about it and link these codes to it?
  • under Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c). - IDK my BFF Jill?
  • Id. at 249 (and the other "Id"s) - refer to what exactly? (Also, footnotes might help)

I imagine that it'll be faster for Andy to use his knowledge to fix/clarify this than for me to start from scratch with research, so I'm just posting this here. --Jenkins 11:09, 3 November 2007 (EDT)

Jenkins, with all due respect, I don't think citations published reports of opinions (477 U.S. 242) or "Id." (short for "Ibid.") require explanation each and every time. Maybe a general entry could address some of your questions. Feel free to create a general FAQ about Court Opinions (use whatever name you think best) and I'd be happy to fill in details. Thanks.--Aschlafly 11:18, 3 November 2007 (EDT)
Andy, please re-read my post - my questions were not "What does Id mean?" or "Should we create an article about each and every publication?"
My issues are:
  1. What exactly did "Id" refer to? The last point of reference was the "Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c)", so is "Id at 249" the equivalent of "Fed. R. Civ. P. 249"? I wouldn't know, I'm not even sure what "Fed. R. Civ. P." stands for to begin with.
  2. I have no idea what sort of "published report" that is, but I did suggest to "maybe make an article about it and link these codes to it".
You're a lawyer. It's obvious that you know exactly what refers to what - you see the context. I just see a bunch of letters and numbers forming weird references, to put if very bluntly.
If these are reports, they're maybe online. If so, we could make a template that links to them (sort of like our Bible templates). Could you maybe point at such a repository? Creating the template shouldn't be too hard then, I imagine... So {{supreme|477|242}} could link to that specific report, for example. --Jenkins 11:35, 3 November 2007 (EDT)