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US Supreme Court Decides Stump v. Sparkman

Stump v. Sparkman is the leading US Supreme Court decision on judicial immunity. It involved an Indiana judge who was sued by a young woman whom he had ordered to be sterilized. The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, reversed a previous Court of Appeals ruling, deciding that two criteria must be examined when determining whether an act warrants judicial immunity and holding that the judge could not be sued because he acted within his jurisdiction. What were the circumstances of the case?



Nori: Vegetable of the Sea

Nori is the Japanese name for an edible, dried preparation of red algae of the genus Porphyra. It is farmed in the sea, where Porphyra plants grow attached to nets suspended at the sea's surface. Farmers operate from boats and use mechanical harvesters to collect their crops. The nori sheets are then produced in a process that is quite similar to papermaking and involves a shredding and rack-drying process. This “sea vegetable” is commonly used in the preparation of what foods?

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Mario Vargas Llosa

Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian novelist and politician. Although his works contain much external realism emphasizing the ugly and grotesque, he often explores the minds of his characters, overcoming barriers of time and space. In his fiction, he paints a portrait of Peruvian society that is both severe and tender. Vargas Llosa was an unsuccessful candidate for Peruvian president in 1990; he described the vagaries of his campaign in what work?

Last updated on Friday, 28th March 2008

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