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November | December 2003
The Wall: Lincoln Caplan

Letters


SCENES
Count Me Out, Coach
By Bruce Barcott
Mutiny on the high school basketball court.

PCU
By Sasha Polakow-Suransky
Texas Tech University's free-speech gazebo.

CASES & CONTROVERSIES
Toucan Sam takes on Toucan Golf; cattle ranchers have a beef with the Department of Agriculture.

THE PRUDENT JURIST
Are judges who borrow from lawyers' briefs committing plagiarism?

ARGUMENT
Color Inside the Lines
By Edward Blum & Roger Clegg
The Voting Rights Act should be scrapped.

Equal Effects
By Anita Earls
The Voting Rights Act is needed more than ever.

By Force of Will
By Rosa Ehrenreich Brooks
Iraq and the rule of law.

TERMS OF ART
Rhetorical Question
By Michael Frost
What would Aristotle make of Scalia?



FEATURES
Unbecoming Conduct
By Steve Weinberg
A prosecutor in Nashville is accused of manipulating evidence to send a defendant to death row.

Trials, but Mostly Tribulations
By Wade Chow
Inconclusive evidence, unreliable witnesses, uncooperative colleagues, indiscreet sheriffs, and unappreciative victims—all in a day's work.

Delusions of Grand Juries
By Niki Kuckes
Everyone knows that a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich. So why do we bother to use them?

Ramsey Clark's Prosecution Complex
By Josh Saunders
How did Lyndon Johnson's attorney general come to defend dictators, war criminals, and terrorists?

The Diplomat's Dance
By Romesh Ratnesar
As a prosecutor, Pierre-Richard Prosper took on gangs in Los Angeles and genocide in Rwanda. Now that he's at the State Department, have his priorities changed?



REVIEWS

practice
Limited Options
The authors of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act had the right diagnosis for the corporate scandals of the 1990s. But that doesn't mean they had the cure.
By John C. Coffee Jr.

academy
Tailored Genes
Eugenics was the darling of scientists and lawmakers of the early 20th century. Should we be concerned that it's catching on in the 21st?
By Edward J. Larson

academy
Pay Direct
How states can fund religious education without crossing the line between church and state.
By Boris Bittker

academy
Elsewhere
In search of the most generous jury, the legal lessons of Sodom and Gomorrah, and other ideas from the nation's law reviews.



STORIES

Judge Joe
How the youngest judge in Wisconsin's history became the country's most notorious senator.
By Ted Morgan

Immigration by Shibboleth
Should a refugee be judged by what he says or how he says it?
By Michael Erard

Falling on Deaf Ears
Scientists say that earwitnesses are unreliable. Why aren't the courts listening?
By Lawrence M. Solan & Peter M. Tiersma



EXHIBIT
The Witch Trials

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