June 18, 2020 President Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Black Lives Matter Blvd. Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump: More than 120,000 American citizens have died in in the last three months as a result of the Covid-19 virus. The pandemic is still prevalent, and the number of new cases is rising in…

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Vosburg v. Putney Here’s what happened: Waukesha, Wisconsin, February 20, 1889. School. Class is in session. There are two boys that we are concerned with, Andrew Vosburg, who is 14, and George Putney, who is 11. They’re sitting across from each other, and Putney, the eleven-year old, reaches across the aisle with his foot, and…

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Join Eric Foner as he talks about his new book, “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution” Dr. Foner is the Pulitzer Prize winning America historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He recently appeared in the Henry Louis Gates public television series, Reconstruction: America After the…

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There is a weed-killer called Roundup. It is manufactured by Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer. Roundup contains a chemical called glyphosate, which may or may not be carcinogenic. That, at least, is the question that juries around the country are being asked to answer. The evidence on the question is split, with Monsanto,…

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There is a famous scene in the classic movie The Godfather, where Michael Corleone, off to meet with an enemy, says, “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” The terrible tragedies of crashes of the Boing 737 Max 8 aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia remind us, once again, how wrong that statement it. These tragedies were…

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The families who lost little children in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 sued the gun makers. The case was thrown out of court, however, because in 2005 Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which sharply restricted lawsuits against gun sellers and makers by granting industry-wide immunity from blame when one…

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  Here’s a case you should know about. It highlights not only the dangers of predatory lenders, but also the many shortcomings of mandatory arbitration. This is another reason why trial by jury, in open court, and subject to the rules of evidence, is so very important. The Founding Fathers knew this; so should you.

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