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The truth about originalism

President Donald Trump watches as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Justice Neil Gorsuch in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 10. (AP File Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump has managed to seat a new justice on the U.S. Supreme Court's bench — Neil Gorsuch, formerly a judge in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In doing so, the president once again drew attention to the doctrine which “conservatives” have historically preached from whatever hilltop perch they could find, using words which former D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Robert Bork laid down in his book, “The Tempting of America.”

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CRITIC’S CORNER: Weird science in Wisconsin courts

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Steven Avery was convicted of murder in 2007. At his trial, the state called numerous scientific experts to help seal his fate. Then, a few years later, Wisconsin adopted the stricter Daubert standard for the admissibility of expert testimony. Had this supposedly tougher standard been in effect earlier, how would it have affected Avery’s trial?

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