"congressional meat-puppet"..........!

Fri Jul 31 22:36:44 UTC 2009

On Jul 31, 2009, at 4:01 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:

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> At 3:55 PM -0400 7/31/09, Alison Murie wrote:
>> Thanks to all.  I can see this is a very useful term,  especially in
>> this time when venality seems to be the ruling principle in congress.
>> AM
> as opposed, one wonders, to when?
> LH
>Uh, strike "in this time."

        Some years ago, I had occasion to write about the 1601 Twyne's
Case, one of the oldest legal precedents with any continuing relevance.
It includes the remark that "fraud and deceit abound in these days more
than in former times."  I added in commentary, "The trend continues."

John Baker

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