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Ill health motivated John Dickinson to leave the federal convention a day early. Before departing, he instructed his friend and Delaware colleague, George Read, to affix his signature to the document. There are, therefore, 39 signatures to the document but only 38 men physically signed. In...

Briefly: Subscript offers a graphic explainer on Wilson v. Sellers, which asks whether a federal court in a habeas case should “look through” a summary state-court ruling to review the last reasoned state-court decision. At The Federalist, Margot Cleveland suggests that this week’s most significant Supreme Court...

The petition of the day is: China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh 17-432 Issue: Whether the rule of American Pipe and Construction Co. v. Utah tolls statutes of limitations to permit a previously absent class member to bring a subsequent class action outside the applicable limitations period. The post Petition...

I have tried, generally speaking, to restrain myself from going overboard in touting my son Sam’s many pianistic accomplishments, but if you like ragtime — and for goodness sake, who doesn’t like ragtime? — I heartily recommend Sam’s just-released recording (available on a pay-as-you-wish basis...