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Luis Armendia October 3 2004 BUSINESS LAW UNIT ONE AND TWO QUESTIONS 1-4Which source of law takes priority in the following situations and why aA federal statute conflicts with the US Constitution A CONSTITUTONAL LAW Article VI the Constitution is the supreme law a law in violation of the Constitution will be declared unconstitutional and wont be enforced bA federal statute conflicts with a state constitutional provision A STATUTORY LAW A federal statute applies to all states cA state statute conflicts with the common law of that state A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW A state constitution is supreme within the states borders dA state constitutional amendment conflicts with the US Constitution A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW A states constitution cant conflict with the US Constitution or a federal law 1-5What does stare decisis mean and why has this doctrine been so fundamental to the development of our legal tradition A Stare decisis is a Latin phrase meaning to stand on decided cases in other words is a case precedent or statute that may be binding or nonbinding and will influence the outcome of future similar cases Its so fundamental to our legal tradition because it helps the courts to be more efficient serving them as a guide making law more stable and predictable 2-3If the use of videotapes as official reports continues will this alter the appellate process Should it A In my opinion it will alter the appellate process but not by much because appellate courts look at questions of law and procedure in other words it concerns the application or interpretation of the law and whether it was carried out properly by the trial judge or by a jury On questions of fact it can affect the process in the way that the appellate court is now looking at non verbal elements and not just the testimonies and other evidence presented I think it shouldnt affect the process because their
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