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Re: Bush v. Gore, Ten Years On

In my post yesterday, I neglected to remind Bench Memos readers of the fine demolition job that Nelson Lund did for us here on Jeffrey Toobin’s New Yorker article on Bush v. Gore.

Matthew J. Franck — Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

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