In this episode, I welcome any new listeners and go back to basics by teaching everyone how I read SCOTUS opinions. For demonstration purposes, I use Castle Rock v. Gonzales (2005), a case that I’ve worked with in several episodes of the podcast.

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Show Notes:

Castle Rock v. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005)

How to Read a US Supreme Court Opinion (American Bar Association)

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By Patrick MacFarlane

Patrick MacFarlane is the Justin Raimondo Fellow at the Libertarian Institute where he advocates a noninterventionist foreign policy. He is a Wisconsin attorney in private practice. He is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast at, where he seeks to expose establishment narratives with well researched documentary-style content and insightful guest interviews. His work also appears on in the viewpoints section. He may be reached at

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