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Crime of the Century

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Fifty years ago today was one of those moments in history when everyone old enough to be cognizant of public affairs remembers exactly where he was when he heard the news.  I qualify for this one, barely.  It was also the first and last time I saw a newspaper "extra."

A curious note on federalism and criminal law:  Had he lived, Oswald would have been prosecuted for murder by the State of Texas.  Despite multiple past assassinations, assassinating the President was not a federal offense.  18 U.S.C. ยง1751 was enacted in 1965.

David Bernstein had this post yesterday at the Volokh Conspiracy on the strangeness of the press coverage.

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