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I Bought the Law

By: dmc-admin//August 23, 2010//

I Bought the Law

By: dmc-admin//August 23, 2010//

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Jack Zemlicka
Jack Zemlicka

The recent settlement reached in a lawsuit over a rule requiring disclosure of campaign spending sources is the latest chapter in ongoing efforts to revamp election laws in the state.

But who says justice isn’t for sale?

While browsing online for a novelty birthday present for a friend, I came across a website that was selling several bobbleheads of past and present U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

The bidding had already escalated into the triple digits, which was out of my price range, but the unique legal mementos got me thinking about what other unusual items are waiting to plucked from the Internet auction block and adorn the desks of lawyers.

A quick keyword search of “Supreme Court” on Ebay yielded more than 600 results, among which were some choice items:

For $2.79 one could buy a “comic book biography” of new Justice Sonia Sotomayor titled “Female Force.”

Another bargain is a 2009 trading card of Justice John Roberts for just $2.

Pricier items include an autographed photo of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes from 1921 starting at $5,000 or for $61,000 one could buy a tissue signed by the likes of William Taft and Melville Fuller during a train ride to New York more than 130 year ago to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Supreme Court.


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