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UN Sec Gen: John Bolton has this op-ed in the Washington Post urging Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to stick to his initial judgment on, among other things, the death penalty.

NYCA: The New York Law Journal has this story by John Caher on Justice Theodore Jones, nominated by Gov. Spitzer to succeed Judge Rosenblatt on New York's highest court. (Hat tip: How Appealing.)

Death Penalty The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Smith v. Texas on Wednesday. An Associated Press story by Michael Graczyk discusses the case, which will be argued along with those of two other condemned Texas murderers who also claim that Penry error requires that they receive new sentencing hearings.

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Governor Spitzer makes a very revealing comment when he opines that the judiciary is the most important branch of government--as opposed to those other less important branches which are composed of members directly elected and directly accountable to the electorate. Will he be content being a mere Governor?

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