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January | February 2003
Lewis's Trumpet: Lincoln Caplan

Letters

SCENES
Almost Infamous
By John Swansburg
Entertainment Tonight meets Court TV.

A Lawyer's Limits
By Jonathan L. Hafetz
When winning the case isn't enough.

Block Sender
By Beth Taylor
The fight against spam.

Lone Star
By Jordan Smith
Defending the poor in Plainview, Texas.

NUMBERS
An Arm and a Leg
Play the game of Litigation.

TERMS OF ART
Neolawisms
By Adam Hanft
Some worthy additions to legalese.

ARGUMENT
Off Target
By James B. Jacobs
Gun control advocates miss the point.

New War, Old Law
By Stéphanie Giry
Would a unilateral strike against Iraq ever have been legal?


FEATURES
After the Revolution
By Emily Bazelon
Albie Sachs lost an arm in the fight against apartheid. Now that he's a justice on South Africa's high court, he's more cautious than rebellious.

Liberté, Egalité, Sororité
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Despite a law designed to elect more women to the French government, male incumbents remain entrenched. What went wrong?

REVIEWS
GENRE
Dante and the Death Penalty
By Matthew Pearl
How capital punishment fails its audience.

excavation
A History of Hard Time
By Daniel Brook
Solitary confinement, then and now.

genre
Farewell, Raymond Chandler
By James Fallows
A true-to-life portrait of the law makes the novels of George P. Pelecanos more than just pulp fiction.

excavation
Chapel and State
By Sarah Barringer Gordon
Laws written in the 19th century to prevent polygamy are thwarting the efforts of today's same-sex marriage advocates.

STORIES
License to Shill
Katherine Marsh on a license plate raising cash for pro-life causes—and the hackles of abortion rights activists.

Liberals' Labors Lost
Robert A. Burt on the passage and aftermath of the 1968 Civil Rights Act.

Seeds of Discord
Bruce Barcott on the battle to stop genetically modified seeds from overrunning organic farms.

Vilnius Lost
Paul Jaskunas on why Lithuania's Jewish community may have lost more than reparations can give back.

EXHIBIT
The Mystery of the Lusitania
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