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Tue Jan 29, 2019, 04:51 PM

Emoluments: what does the word mean?

I am a word junkie, and I make my living in an obscure part of technical communications, so it fits. Anyhow, I came across this article in the WaPo about DFT and his lawyers trying to redefine the word "emoluments". There is some fascinating history, and many of the links are also worthy of exploration. The amicus brief is exceptional, BTW.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/29/big-trump-case-hinges-definition-emoluments-new-study-has-bad-news-him/

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RainCaster Jan 2019 OP
jberryhill Jan 2019 #1
elleng Jan 2019 #3
jberryhill Jan 2019 #5
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 2019 #2
Xipe Totec Jan 2019 #4

Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 05:00 PM

1. It's anything that softens the skin

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 05:11 PM

3. LOL!

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 06:47 PM

5. It's loaded with moisturizers and emoluments

 

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Response to RainCaster (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 05:06 PM

2. opening statement in amicus

People should take note of the first statement of the amicus brief:


When interpreting the Constitution’s text, courts "are guided by the principle that ‘[t]he Constitution was written to be understood by the voters; its words and phrases were used in their normal and ordinary as distinguished from technical meaning’.” District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 576 (2008) (quoting United States v. Sprague, 282 U.S. 716, 731 (1931)).

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Tue Jan 29, 2019, 05:38 PM

4. It sounds to me like emoluments is a synonym for benefits

If so, the orange disaster is screwed.

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