Four Corners

A good many tourists make their way to a remote spot in the American West, the point at which four states – Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona (clockwise from the...

U.S. v. Causby

U.S. v. Causby 328 U.S. 256 (1946) Justice William O. Douglas, who wrote this legal opinion, observed, “It is an ancient doctrine that at common law ownership of the land extended...

The Progressive Treasure Map

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard spoke of truth in terms of “inwardness,” “passion,” and “subjectivity,” and is best known for urging a “leap of faith” into belief in God and Christ. Opponents...

The 1:1 Scale Map

In 1893, Lewis Carroll, of Alice in Wonderland fame, imagined a 1:1-scale map in his book, Sylvie and Bruno, and others have riffed on the idea, including Argentine author Jorge...

People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson

People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson Los Angeles Country Superior Court (1995) For almost a year, Americans were riveted by the O.J. Simpson case. They’d seen...

The Oxbow River

While the northern, western, and southern borders of Arkansas are drawn with straight-line geometrical precision, the eastern border is a mess, for it traces the meanderings of the Mississippi River. Such twists...

The Outsized Texas Map

There’s no denying that Texas is big and important (the biggest of the “lower 48”), but the residents have been known to magnify its already considerable place on the national stage, to...

The Strip Map

Years ago, when our family negotiated the two-lane highways of America to visit relatives from Michigan to Florida, we’d get help from one of our kin in the form of a AAA...

Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District

Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania 400 F. Supp. 2d 707 (2005) Not thrilled that the state of Pennsylvania required the...

McGuinn v. Clarke

McGuinn v. Clarke United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida Docket # 8:89-CV-DV-00518 (Filed: April 13, 1989; Closed: June 9, 1989) Beginning with five members in 1964,...