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Michael O’Donnell

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Michael O’Donnell

Michael O’Donnell is a lawyer in Chicago whose writing on legal affairs has appeared in Bookforum, Washington Monthly and the Los Angeles Times.


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Why the line from Barry Goldwater to Ted Cruz runs over Nelson Rockefeller.

Can recordings of classical music ever be in concert with concert hall performances?

The Partisan is a weak account of the career and legal thinking of a conservative and obstreperous chief justice.

A lack of local democracy and equal protection has led to the collapse of the American criminal justice system.

The musical and political strands of Dmitri Shostakovich's life were intertwined like the braids of a noose.

Justice William Brennan's watchword was human dignity, and to protect it he interpreted individual rights expansively.