There are precedents, I may mention Schwarzenberg.
The prince tried to comfort her, but Helene, as if quite distraught, said through her tears that there was nothing to prevent her marrying, that there were precedents (there were up to that time very few, but she mentioned Napoleon and some other exalted personages), that she had never been her husband’s wife, and that she had been sacrificed.
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Precedent set by the Supreme Court must be followed by all lower courts.
It could happen—possibly, unlikely, but there is precedent—that the river might sweep my body all the way to the ocean.