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 a Wisconsin attorney in private practice. He is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast at, where he covers libertarian legal theory, noninterventionist foreign policy, Austrian economics, history, and other libertarian topics. His is a regular contributor at the Libertarian Institute at His work also appears on in the viewpoints section. He may be reached at

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