||Over $32,500 in billables. Thats how much money was frittered away collectively by the 130 legal minds who responded to our latest Last Word contest (assuming an hour per contestant at a $250 billing rate). In fairness, many contestants werent lawyers, though they sure acted like it. Several took umbrage with our sloppy language: the order that led to Japanese intern-ments came from the Secretary of War, not the Pentagon; and Pearl Harbor wasnt invaded, it was attacked from the air. Others chided us for trying to launder Missouris antebellum history by calling it a free state. For the record, Dred Scott, who brought suit in Missouri, was claiming his freedom based on his residency in a territory covered by the Missouri Compromise (the Louisiana Territory) as well as other free states, not by his residency in Missouri. (Hey, you try distilling landmark caselaw into 50 breezy words.)
Contest winners, drawn at random from the correct entries, are: Roy W. Copeland 79, Edward Hofmeister 93, Francene Engel M.A. 94, Alan L. Lasnover M.D. 61 and Omar A. Siddiqui 95, M.S. 97. Please dont spend your gift certificates on hornbooks.
The correct answers are listed below. For a different look at history and the law, try our Canon-Fire puzzle.
1. Dred Scott v. Sanford
2. United States v. Nixon
3. Gideon v. Wainwright
4. Miranda v. Arizona
5. Plessy v. Ferguson
6. Brown v. Board of Education
7. Schenck v. United States
8. Korematsu v. United States
9. Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections