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May | June 2002

Legal Affairs: Lincoln Caplan
Web of Words: Anthony Kronman
SCENES
COURT POTATO
By Daskha Slater
One viewer, 65 hours of T.V. law.

GOD SAVE THE WIG
By Asha Rangappa
British lawyers fight about their hair.

JUDGE LEE'S COUNTY
By Bill Rankin
Where not to get arrested.

LEGAL AFFAIRS ALL-TIME ALL-STARS
By Ayo Griffin

THE FIRST LADY IS ON TRIAL (for murdering her husband)
By Christopher Buckley
An excerpt from his new satirical novel.

TERMS OF ART
“FIGHTING WORDS”
By Jeffrey Rosen
What’s left of America’s lost culture of honor.

ARGUMENT
GUN BY GUN
By Glenn Harlan Reynolds
The right to bear arms. Seriously.

NUMBERS
ONE FELON, NO VOTE?

SATIRE
THEY WERE CREATIVE
By Michael Kupperman


DISPATCH
LET THERE BE LAW
By Emily Bazelon
Israel doesn’t have a written constitution. Aharon Barak has transformed the country’s supreme court by acting as if it did. And his court has emerged mighty but wounded. Also: Aharon Barak on Judging as a Way of Life



NOW
CYBERCRIME: FROM RUSSIA WITH LØPHT
By Brendan I. Koerner
The Russian hacker Alexey Ivanov flew to Seattle for a job interview with a tech company. It turned out to be the FBI.



REVIEWS

GENRE
BUM RAP
By Christopher Hawthorne
How rap talks back to the law.

COUNTERPOINT
SHODDY CONSTRUCTION
By Benjamin Wittes
Kenneth Starr led a wrongheaded investigation with historic costs because he misunderstood the independent-counsel law. Plus: Starr responds

REFORM
CHAINS OF COMMAND
By Beth Hillman
The U.S. court-martial constricts the rights of soldiers—and that needs to change.

SATIRE
12 SUPER-ANGRY MEN
By R. Sikoryak

ACADEMY
SILENCE!
By David Luban
Four ways the law keeps poor people from getting heard in court.

RULE OF LAW
NO EXCEPTIONS?
By Michael Ignatieff
The United States’ pick-and-choose approach to human rights is hypocritical. But that’s not a good reason to condemn it.



STORIES

TRUE CRIME
THE SCENT OF FRENCH SCANDAL
David Ignatius on the Elf Aquitaine corruption case that rocked France’s elite. Investigators caught big fish—but the biggest got away.

A DEADLY OMEN IN JAKARTA
Tim Dodd on the assassination of the Indonesian judge who stood up to the family of former dictator Suharto.

EXCAVATION
THE BOOK OF HARD CASES
Steven Mufson on the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls of Chinese law.



EXHIBIT
THE LAW STUDENT
The reputations of Norman Rockwell and the legal profession turn upside down.

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