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Lincoln and Law Day

Friday was the American Bar Association’s annual Law Day. This year’s celebration was titled “A Legacy of Liberty” and honors the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln. Janet Stidman Eveleth of the Maryland State Bar Association wrote about Lincoln the lawyer in our paper. And ...

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Justices laugh, judge takes a leap

Nine days left, and less than 10 laughs separate the top three contenders — that’s DC Dicta’s count, anyway, in its ongoing quest for The Funniest Justice. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia maintains his six-laugh lead over Justice Steven Breyer, with ...

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Kagan confirmed

Harvard Law dean Elena Kagan has been confirmed as the next solicitor general by a vote of 61-31, David Ingram reports on the Blog of the Legal Times. Check our Web site for the full report later.

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Supreme Court retirements may not happen

Our sister blog, DC Dicta, has this piece on the prospects for turnover on the Supreme Court. The bottom line: don’t count on Justices John Paul Stevens (who is 88), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (75) or David Souter (a mere 69, ...

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Kennedy goes to China

A gibe at “self-important” law professors. A comparison of stare decisis to the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson (“Life is learned looking backwards. Life is lived going forwards”). A discussion of Eastern philosophy and a traveler’s moral versus legal responsibilities ...

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More than the robe is noir

North Philly, May 4, 2001. Officer Sean Devlin, Narcotics Strike Force, was working the morning shift. Undercover surveillance. The neighborhood? Tough as a three-dollar steak. Devlin knew. Five years on the beat, nine months with the Strike Force. He’d made ...

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Do convicted felons deserve guns too?

After reading about the disconcerting flesh-and-blood defense now being used by black defendants in Baltimore, another intriguing — and bit more credible — defense has caught my attention. According to an AP story, several defendants in federal gun cases are ...

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Lyrics and the Law

In one of the last dissents of the term, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. quoted an unusual authority: Bob Dylan. According to an article published in The New York Times Sunday, Roberts cited to the songwriter in his dissent ...

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