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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wisdom Sometimes Comes Free: The Atlantic Firewall Comes Down

The Atlantic Monthly, one of my long-time favorite magazines, has just announced that it will be removing its firewall, which means their archives are freely available for linking and viewing.

If you're interested in Atlantic writings, here's some information about pulling things up:

You can browse recent Atlantic content here.

You can perform site searches here.

And you can find troves of archival material grouped by topic here.

After the jump, you can find all sorts of interesting law-related articles currently in the archives.


The Ideal Lawyer

November 1906

By David J. Brewer

"Is such a being possible?"




The Threatened Eclipse of Free Speech

BY James Harvey Robinson

(December 1917)

In 1917 an Atlantic contributor warned of the dangers of abridging free speech during wartime. "When we start out to kill enemies abroad on a gigantic scale, we are not likely to hesitate to gag those at home who seem directly or indirectly to sympathize with the foe."




The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti

By Felix Frankfurter

March 1927

Judge Felix Frankfurter offers an in-depth look at what went wrong in the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/192703/sacco-vanzetti



Looking Back at Brown v. Board of Education Articles from 1954 and 1960 offer a look at how the Supreme Court's landmark desegregation ruling was initially received.




Women and the Law

March 1970

by Diane Shulder

Despite chivalrous claims of protecting the "fairer sex," the law deals more harshly with women than with men http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/197003/women-law



Justice in the Middle

March 1988

By Gene Sperling

A profile of Sandra Day O'Connor




Reefer Madness

By Eric Schlosser

August 1994

Marijuana has not been de facto legalized, and the war on drugs is not just about cocaine and heroin. In fact, today, when we don't have enough jail cells for murderers, rapists, and other violent criminals, there may be more people in federal and state prisons for marijuana offenses than at any other time in U.S. history http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/199408/schlosser



Security Versus Civil Liberties

By Richard Posner

December 2001

A distinguished jurist advises us to calm down about the probable curtailing of some personal freedoms in the months ahead. As a nation we've treated certain civil liberties as malleable, when necessary, from the start http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200112/posner


True Confessions

By Margaret Talbot

July/August 2002

Two simple measures could go a long way toward ensuring that findings of criminal guilt are genuine http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200207/talbot



A Miscarriage of Justice

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

January 2003

Celebrity trials can turn into media lynchings. Last year a Connecticut jury convicted Michael Skakel of killing his neighbor Martha Moxley twenty-seven years ago, even though the prosecution had no fingerprints, no DNA, and no witnesses. The author, a former   New York City prosecutor, argues that his cousin's indictment was triggered by an inflamed media, and that an innocent man is now in prison http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200301/kennedy-skakel



Greed On Trial

By Alex Beam

June 2004

The question before the jurors was not whether legal fees amounting to $7,700 an hour were "unreasonable." It was whether the lawyer-plaintiffs should get $1.3 billion more http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200406/beam



Suspended Sentencing

October 2004

By Benjamin Wittes

The consequences of "the single most irresponsible decision in the modern

history of the Supreme Court"




Rehnquist the Great?

By Jeffrey Rosen

April 2005

Even liberals may come to regard William Rehnquist as one of the most

successful chief justices of the century




The Day After Roe

By Jeffrey Rosen

(June 2006)

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, it will set off tectonic shifts

in the American political landscape not seen since the civil-rights

movement‹or perhaps even the Civil War




Prophetic Justice

By Amy Waldman

October 2006

The United States is now prosecuting suspected terrorists on the basis of

their intentions, not just their actions. But in the case of Islamic

extremists, how can American jurors fairly weigh words and beliefs when

Muslims themselves can¹t agree on what they mean?





Roberts Rules

January/February 2007

In an exclusive interview, Chief Justice John Roberts says that if the

Supreme Court is to maintain legitimacy, its justices must start acting more

like colleagues and less like prima donnas.



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