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Political Science 216: Introduction to Law: Keycite Symbols and Definitions

Keycite Symbols and Definitions

   A red flag warns that the case is no longer good law for at least one of the points of law it contains.

   A yellow flag warns that the case has some negative history but has not been reversed or overruled.


A synopsis is a paragraph-length summary of the facts and the main legal issue in a case.


Headnotes are short summaries of each legal issue discussed in the case.


West Topic and Key Numbers. Each headnote is classified under one or more topics and key numbers in the West Key Number System, which Thomson Reuters editors use to index case law.

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