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March | April 2006
Big Ideals
By Lincoln Caplan

Letters

SCENES
Finders Keepers?
After almost a century, Peru revives the drama of Hiram Bingham, 5,000 artifacts, and Machu Picchu.
By Christopher Heaney

Shanghaied
Mr. Liu keeps film buffs in Fassbinder and Kurosawa. Cheap.
By Sasha Issenberg

Bigger Is Better
How tiny bottles got booted out of South Carolina’s bars.
By Paul Wachter

Jack of All Plants
Bolivians use coca to make shampoo, toothpaste—and a political career.
By Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

The Vigilante in the Kitchen
An Indiana housewife takes down Nigerian con artists.
By Josh Rosenblum

Roma v. Romania
A judgment for the Gypsies gives them little satisfaction.
By Doug Merlino

Off the Res
Montana's marginalized Chippewa Indians have preserved their sense of identity better than officially recognized tribe members.
By Ellen Thompson

THE PRUDENT JURIST
Did the FBI act unethically in using an election as an undercover sting?
By William H. Simon

ARGUMENTS
A Watchdog That Didn’t Bark
Jack Abramoff’s guilty plea has made corrupt lobbying a very big story. Where were the media when coverage might have curbed the sleaze?
By Norman Ornstein

Shareholders Unplugged
Power to the investor is the favored cure-all for corporate mismanagement, but it’s bad for public companies and the people who work for them.
By Lynn A. Stout

Overprivileged
The executive branch has turned a shield for guarding secrets into a sword for fighting lawsuits—by citing a misleading precedent.
By Francisco Ferreiro


FEATURES
Money! Power! Ambition Gone Awry!
A frank history of the big-time American lawyer.
By Robert W. Gordon

One Stop Law Shop
The land of solicitors and barristers teaches America how a freer market could deliver better legal services.
By Richard A. Epstein

Vartkes’S List
Of the million or more Armenians executed by Ottoman Turks 90 years ago, thousands had insurance from New York Life. A slip-and-fall lawyer uncovered the list of policyholders and, by forcing the company to pay their heirs, gave voice to the victims of genocide.
By Michael Bobelian

Young Guns
Peppered with fear, lust, and awe, the language kids use to describe guns reveals the spell that firearms cast over troubled teens.
By Bernard E. Harcourt

Crusaders In Wingtips
As American courts give more weight to imported precedents, a band of Christian lawyers is going abroad to shape foreign law—before it comes home to hurt their cause.
By Rachel Morris

Children Of The Church
The Catholic rule of celibacy has sown the clergy with hypocrisy—and reaped a fatherless flock.
By Bernice Yeung


REVIEWS
academy
The Accidental Abolitionist
How a justice infamous for defending slavery came to write his Dred Scott dissent.
By Jake Lundberg

Elsewhere
A jam band jurisprudence and other ideas from the nation’s law reviews.

academy
A Firebrand Flickers
The feminist Catharine MacKinnon spurred the law to protect women, but the next wave is tired of feeling sheltered.
By Deborah Dinner

practice
Lordly Law
Britain’s high court ruled that evidence procured through torture is tainted, no matter what.
By Louise Arimatsu

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