A Very Contemporary Use of Old Dictionaries

John Mikhail, a Law Professor at Georgetown University Law School, has researched the meaning of the term “emoluments” using dictionaries dating from the time of the framing of the US Constitution, including specifically those that are known to have been available to the framers of that work. His finding is that the definition of the term in those dictionaries is very broad, much broader than was claimed by Donald Trump’s legal team. His work was instrumental in the judge’s decision to let the case against Trump (claiming he is in violation of the emoluments clause with many of his holding, such as the Trump Hotel in Washington, DC) go forward. Read Mikhail’s account:
https://ssrn.com/abstract=2995693 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2995693
By the way, the dictionaries mention by Mikhail are all available in UBC Special Collections as part of the H. Rocke Robertson Collection.

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