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The 2016 Campaign, A Cornucopia of LSAT Flaws

As this rabid, flea-bitten cur of a presidential election comes mercifully to an end, we should try to find something — anything! — positive to come out of it. So, here is my feeble attempt to bind up the nation’s wounds: We got to see a record-breaking amount of logical fallacies, and now there are concrete examples to think of when you’re trying to get all the flaws down for the LSAT.

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A Brief History of Women Running for President

Although we’re not at First Woman President status yet, every election since 1860 has been taken by a Republican or Democrat. The possibility of Madame President got appreciably closer last night.

Hillary Clinton is not the first or second or even tenth woman to run for president. Let’s take a look at a few of those who laid the groundwork for this moment.

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Want Your Vote to Count More? Move Next to a Prison.

There are many strange elements to the laws governing America’s prisons, which incarcerate more people (by percentage and raw number) than any other country in the world. One of the less-discussed is how those prison populations affect voting rights.

Electoral districts are drawn using the Census, which counts the prison population as residents of whichever district the prison is in.

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Donald Trump, Defender of Constitutional Provisions Both Real and Imagined

Donald Trump met with Republican members of Congress last week in an effort to assuage any concerns they may have about his candidacy. In this meeting, they asked him if he’d defend Article I of the Constitution (which, of course, is the section of the Constitution that establishes the legislative branch, including Congress).

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Fallacy Watch: Democratic Debate 10/13

As you probably know, since we prepare people to take the LSAT, identifying invalid arguments is something of a professional occupation for us. When particularly egregious arguments seep into our social discourse unimpeded, we at Blueprint believe it’s our duty to point our their illogic. It’s kind of like our version of picking up trash on the street when we see it drifting by.

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Logical Reasonings / 7.30.15

A) In a move pretty much everyone can get behind, a Michigan lawyer quit lawyering in order to open a brewery. Click on Detroit

B) Meet South Carolina shooter Dylann Roof’s attorney. The Marshall Project

C) A toddler’s birthday party is making the news – the kid is so obsessed with a personal injury lawyer’s commercials that it was his party theme. BuzzFeed

D) There will be an actual blue moon on Friday – which won’t happen again until 2018. CNN

E) This panda may have faked a pregnancy in order to get access to better food. Huffington Post

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Logical Reasonings / 7.22.15

A) Sorry Facebook, but hand all of it over. WSJ

B) #lawlibpickuplines – ’nuff said. Above The Law

C) Writing is a big thing for prelaws. Here are some resources to help you improve that skill. Pen and Chisel Blog

D) Law students make great pageant contestants. We ain’t mad. Above The Law

E) Who doesn’t love puppies? BuzzFeed

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The Case of the Devious Defecator

Today’s story from the legal world begins with piles of human excrement – and yes, we mean that literally. The piles in question were mysteriously left around a warehouse in Atlanta. The case of the “devious defecator” (the judge deserves endless credit for that name) ends with a lawsuit and a jury awarding a judgment of $2.25 million to the plaintiffs. That’s a pretty big pile of, uh, cash. But don’t let that scare you away from your next workplace prank – the company is the one that’s going to have to pay.

Atlas Logistics supplies products to grocery stores. In 2012, someone repeatedly defecated in one of the company’s warehouses near Atlanta. For some reason, management fingered two employees as their number two suspects.

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Judge Slapped with $2.2 Million Suit when Driveway Feud Turns Ugly

Justice Barbara Wilson of Southampton, NY is being sued by neighbor Tony Gugliotta for defamation. The story begins as a fairly standard argument over a shared driveway, a portion of which Judge Wilson claims is hers. While surveys show that the part of the driveway in question belongs to Mr. Gugliotta, Justice Wilson claims adverse possession or “squatter’s rights” to the disputed ground.

While perhaps not the Platonic ideal of how we might expect a judge to act (who chains an SUV to a porch column? More importantly, who chooses that shade of yellow?), things didn’t get really interesting until the April 13th meeting of the Southampton Village Architectural Review Board and Historic Preservation.

First, I’d be remiss if I didn’t direct you to the videotape of the meeting, the opening music of which would do John Tesh proud.