The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 24, No. 4, April

Black Robe; There's One Group of Criminals Judges Still Go Easy On: Themselves
Helen Guercio had been a clerical worker in the Detroit courts for 45 years, so she had a pretty good idea of how the system worked. And lately, federal bankruptcy judge Harry Hackett's cases didn't seem to fit it. Guercio, who worked for another...
Grow Up, Twenty-Somethings. You Can Go Home Again
Ten years ago, my high school English class read James Joyce's short story "Eveline," about a young Irish woman torn between staying at home with a needy, unappealing father--a "life of commonplace sacrifice" and occasional warmth--or escaping with...
Is the President a Plagiarist? Campaign Kleptomania
A rhetoric quiz: Correctly attribute each of the following quotes to a national political figure. (Hint: George Bush is part of every answer.) 1. A. "We'll . . . make the label 'Made in America' the symbol of quality and durability all over the...
Justice by the Numbers; Mandatory Sentencing Drove Me from the Bench
Michael S. would have been one of the more than 600,000 incarcerated persons in the United States. He would have been a statistic, yet another addition to a clogged criminal justice system. But he's not--in part because to me Michael was a human being:...
The PR Papers; Watching a Washington Lobbyist Con a Would-Be Client
This Washington branch of a Minneapolis law firm has over the years boasted a top-tier client list, from Coca Cola to Westinghouse. But Third World regimes are an especially lucrative sort of client, bringing in annual fees ranging from $100,000 to...