Answered By: Leecy Barnett
Last Updated: Aug 04, 2016     Views: 32

If you are using APA citations, it should be no problem because the data is always included in the in text citation.

If you are using MLA, you might put the legal citation in the parenthesis but it might be better to just refer to the cases in your text.  I looked up Abbott v. Bragdon so I am assuming that the 1997 case was the Court of Appeals case and the 1998 was the Supreme Court case.  If so I would say:

In their 1997 ruling on Abbott v. Bragdon, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit said.....

The Supreme Court of the United States 1998 opinion in the case of Abbott v. Bragdon stated...

This way you identify the different cases so you don't need a reference in parentheses.

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