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The plain language of the statute should 'yield to the legislative intent of the Bankruptcy Code drafters.' Ron Pair Enters., Inc., 489 U.S. at 242-43; Griffin v. Oceanic Contractors, Inc., 458 U.S. 564, 571, 102 S. Ct. 3245, 73 L. Ed. 2d 973 (1982). Both cited cases deal with the absurdity doctrine. The drafters' intentions rather than the plain language controls when ''literal application of a statute will produce a result demonstrably at odds with the intentions of its drafters.'' Ron Pair Enters., Inc., 489 U.S. at 242 (quoting Griffin, 458 U.S. at 571) (noting that only in the ''rare case'' will this doctrine apply). In Griffin, the Supreme Court stated that it had 'reserved some scope for adopting a restricted rather than a literal or usual meaning of its words where acceptance of that meaning . . . would thwart the obvious purpose of the statute.' 458 U.S. at 571 (quotations omitted. 


The absurdity doctrine applies to unambiguous statutes 'as a means to avoid applying the unequivocal language of a statute. But the doctrine has been strictly limited.' Robbins v. Chronister, 435 F.3d 1238, 1241 (10th Cir. 2006) (en banc). The absurdity doctrine ...

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