Vanderbilt Law Review

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Articles from Vol. 50, No. 5, October

Barring Foul Blows: An Argument for a per Se Reversible-Error Rule for Prosecutors' Use of Religious Arguments in the Sentencing Phase of Capital Cases
I. INTRODUCTION You are not playing God. You are doing what God says. This might be the only opportunity to wake [the defendant] up. God will destroy the body to save the soul. Make him get himself right.... Let him have the opportunity to get his soul...
In Memoriam: Jeffrey Ralph Pettit
To Laugh Often and Much To Win the Respect of Intelligent People and Affection of Children To Earn the Appreciation of Honest Critics and Endure the Betrayal of False Friends To Appreciate Beauty To Find the Best in Others To Leave the World a Little...
In Memoriam: Jeffrey Ralph Pettit
I got the news of Jeff's death in a hotel room in Minneapolis, where I was attending a conference. (Ironically, as will be evident in a moment, it was a conference on federalism.) I got the news over voice mail, and hung up the phone and stared into...
IOLTAs Unmasked: Legal Aid Programs' Funding Results in Taking of Clients' Property
I. INTRODUCTION States have implemented Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account programs ("IOLTAs")1 to generate revenue for legal aid. IOLTAs raise money through the creation of an economy of scale by directing attorneys to place clients' trust funds that...
Melting the Plastic Theories: Advocating the Common Law of Fraud in Credit Card Non-Dischargeability Actions under 11 U.S.C. (Secs 523(a)(2)(a))
Melting the Plastic Theories: Advocating the Common Law of Fraud in Credit Card Non-dischargeability Actions under 11 U.S.C. 523(a)(2)(A) I. INTRODUCTION If credit card-holders purchase items they cannot afford, they may make minimum payments and avoid...
Memories of Jeff
Jeff seemed intrigued by new things, new ideas, and new places. As a youngster, he often read about unusual things and places in books or in the encyclopedia. In later years, he frequently explored new cities and enjoyed making friends wherever he went....
Statutory Findings and Insider Trading Regulation
50 Vand. L. Rev. 1091 (1997) Insider trading law has been controversial and complicated in large part because the statutory basis of the prohibition of insider trading has seemed unclear. The Supreme Court fueled the controversy with a series of cases...
Unfunded Mandates and Fiscal Federalism: A Critique
The term "unfunded federal mandates" is used to challenge federal obligations imposed on states and localities without accompanying funding. Unfunded mandates were alluded to by both the majority and dissenting opinions in Printz v. United States, in...
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