Stare decisis does not completely control the outcome on a matter of law.

April 26, 2011

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106 CourtsThe principle of stare decisis does not require blind imitation of the past or adherence to a rule merely because it was laid down in the time of Henry IV; court must reform common-law doctrines that are unsound and unsuited to present conditions.
Goetzman v. Wichern, 327 N.W.2d 742 (Iowa 1982)

Suggested by Valerie Garber, West Principal Attorney Editor