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Many theorists take the view that literal meaning can be one of a number of factors to be weighed in reaching a legal interpretation. Still others regard literal meaning as having the potential to legally justify a particular outcome. Building on the scholarly response to HLA Hart's famous 'vehicles in the park' hypothetical, this article presents a formal argument that literal meaning cannot be decisive of what's legally correct, one which, unusually, makes no appeal to controversial theoriesdoi:10.1093/ojls/gqp030 fatcat:yqmfbulksngm7fn2blnbwb3pu4