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Portia Strikes Again!
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1127  Wednesday, 26 May 2004

From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 May 2004 18:32:56 -0400
Subject: 15.1112 Portia Strikes Again!
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1112 Portia Strikes Again!

 >"The Supreme Court ruled for the first time Monday that a death row
 >inmate can pursue a last-ditch claim that lethal injection is
 >unconstitutionally cruel.
 >
 >"In a rare unanimous decision on a capital punishment case, justices
 >sided with a convicted Alabama killer who claims his veins are so
 >damaged from drug abuse that executioners might have to cut deeply into
 >his flesh to administer the deadly drugs."

A decision to grant certiorari is almost always "unanimous."  It takes
only four justices to agree to hear a case, and all that is announced is
the decision, not the vote.  And you can't assume why the justices voted
to hear it.  They might just want to put an end to such silly arguments.

But what has this got to do with Shakespeare?

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