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Oh, Glorious Day!

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On June 27, 2008

After having to fight hungry dogs (quite literally) to maintain an internet connection for the last several days, we finally have reliable service. Normal blogging to resume shortly. Share

Yesterday, many conservatives managed to work themselves into a lather about a plausible interpretation of the Constitution with exceptionally few real-world consequences. I noticed much less outrage about the Court’s opinion in Exxon Shipping v. Baker, which read the justice’s public policy preferences into the law with considerably less textual support in order to protect […]

Pick Him, John!

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On June 26, 2008

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has been mentioned as a short-list candidate for McCain’s veep slot, reacted swiftly to the Supreme Court’s decision in Kennedy yesterday…by sign

Ignorance

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On June 26, 2008
Duh: A new book from Stanford University Press called Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance proposes that . . . we need rigorous and careful thinking about the structure and function and typology of cluelessness. The editors, Robert N. Proctor and Londa Schiebinger, are both professors of history of science at Stanford University. Their […]

On Giles

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On June 25, 2008

In the hubbub over Kennedy & Exxon today, little attention has been paid to Giles v. California, a case on which I worked (for the record, my SCOTUS record is now 1-0). In an opinion by Justice S

The Eighth Amendment and Sexual Assault

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On June 25, 2008
Today’s decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana is a fairly typical Eighth Amendment case. The relevant textual language — “nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” — can evidently accommodate multiple outcomes in any case sufficiently interesting to get to the Supreme Court, and this case is no exception. The Court’s four more liberal members and the […]

A Meme Expands

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On June 25, 2008

djw — who thankfully encouraged me to a see a rare screening of L’Eau Froide at a tiny theater in Seattle — will be especially happy with this addition… Share

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