The Plain Meaning Rule dictates that statutes are to be interpreted using the ordinary meaning of the language of the statute.
If a law is written and uses only the word "person" (or "persons"), and the law lacks a definition for the word "person", and the law does not use the words "natural persons", then does the law include a corporation as a person under the Plain Meaning Rule?
Thanks in advance.
If needed, here is some example text. In the example text, it is not clear to me whether corporations are included or excluded because (1) "person" is not defined; and (2) the words "natural persons" was not used.
The best I can tell, the conduct would include corporations because the courts have interpreted persons to include corporations via hundreds of bastardizations of the 14th amendment (like the Citizens United v. FEC case).
(a) A person may not follow another in or about a public place or maliciously engage in a course of conduct that alarms or seriously annoys the other:
(1) with the intent to harass, alarm, or annoy the other;
(2) after receiving a reasonable warning or request to stop by or on behalf of the other; and
(3) without a legal purpose.