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I am a graduate student at Syracuse University, and for my class in Bilingualism/Multiculturalism my research project is to review judicial cases involving outcomes that were influenced by language issues since 2004 and analyze the judicial justifications. If you can suggest how to locate this type of case, it would be very helpful.
The primary focus of my project will be to review case histories where the outcomes have hinged upon language issues. Discrimination is expected to be the legal category associated with the cases and laws protecting National Origin Discrimination are likely to be those most frequently referenced. My overall goal will be that of analyzing judicial rulings since 2004 and comparing them with cases from between 1964 and 2003 to detect whether the justifications utilized by judges previously in passing down their decisions continues, or if perhaps a paradigm shift may have appeared on the horizon and/or whether judges understanding of language issues have succumbed to any linguistically based enlightenment.
It would be most helpful to obtain the judges' explanation of decisions made.