to the top

#27 - Author's Perspective, Must Be True, Concept Reference

Administrator
LSAT Legend
 
Posts: 6380
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:19 pm
Points: 3,066

Please post below with any questions!
yudeshen0624
LSAT Novice
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:28 am
Points: 2

I can't see where is "explicit noncommitment"
Where is this "explicit"?
James Finch
PowerScore Staff
PowerScore Staff
 
Posts: 519
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:06 pm
Points: 517

Hi Yudeshen,

This question is attempting to trick test takers into conflating the authors' attitudes about trial and appellate courts. Passage A is concerned with trial courts' use of independent research, and passage B is concerned with appellate courts' use of independent research. Passage A doesn't mention appellate courts at all, but Passage B does mention trial courts very briefly: in the very first clause of the first sentence, the passage states "regardless of what trial courts may do," explicitly stating that the author isn't concerned with whether trial courts independently research issues or not. This is the "explicit noncommitment" that answer choice (D) references.

Hope this clears things up!