On May 20, Arnie Walters' car crashed into a train owned and operated by the Regional Transit Authority at its crossing in Smithville. As a matter of law, the Court found that the "Smithville crossing was extremely hazardous". On December 1 of that same year, Ole and Anna Hanson ran into an RTA train at the same crossing while George was driving them home from a party. Does the doctrine of stare decisis require that the Court in Hanson accept the conclusion announced in the Walters case?
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Sounds like you should speak to your law professor after class and get some extra help on the meaning of 'stare decisis'...