Professor Michael Mannheimer

Professor Michael Mannheimer talked with the Ipse Dixit podcast about a law review article he will publish next year the Texas Law Review of the University of Texas.

His premise in “Vagueness as Impossibility”:  “I argue that both clarity and constitutional legitimacy can be infused into the void-for-vagueness doctrine [in law] by shedding the rhetoric of vagueness and instead thinking of the problem as impossibility of compliance [with a particular law].”

His theory is that:

• “Where it is difficult to ascertain what the law requires, it is sometimes, though not always, impossible to comply.”

• “This way of reframing vagueness as impossibility not only provides a firmer constitutional footing for some of the precedents of the Supreme Court of the United States, but also provides a guide for future cases.”

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