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Often times, lawyers on each side of a case will site of a case as being a good case for their side. This can be a matter of interpretation; but, who should be making the interpretation - the lawyers, the judge, the client, the jury- Who? Why?

What part can the lawyers play in the court's interpretation?

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Your question is at once both very simple and very complex. Basically, an attorney represents his or her client (or "the people" in the case of a prosecutor) and looks out for the client's best interests. This includes choosing case law to cite that helps to make the client's case. Cases can be interpreted many different ways and it's the job of the attorney to choose cases to cite that make the strongest case for the client and make an argument for why any particular case should be interpreted in favor of his or her client. That is, the attorney tries to persuade the judge, jury, or opposing counsel (depending on the circumstances) to see the law the way that benefits the client.

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Yes, but who should be making the interpretation if both lawyers use the same case to site.

The lawyers, the judge, the jury, or the client's. Why?

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