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US Supreme Court Decides Stump v. Sparkman

Stump v. Sparkman is a leading US Supreme Court decision on judicial immunity. It involves a young woman who was suing a judge who had previously ordered her to be sterilized. The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, reversed a prior 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 had acted within his jurisdiction. What were the circumstances of the case?



Classical Orders

Classical orders are ancient styles of architecture defined by the type of column, base, capital, and entablature used. The Parthenon is a prime example of the Doric order, the earliest and simplest of the five classical orders. The Corinthian order, with its fluted columns topped with leaves and scrolls, is the most ornate. Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius details these forms in his De architectura. The only surviving architectural writing from antiquity, it was rediscovered when?

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Mario Vargas Llosa

Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian writer and politician. His novels paint a portrait of Peruvian society that is both severe and tender. As an author, he often explores themes of humanity's struggle for freedom and the freedom found in art, and his works tend to reflect his commitment to social change. In 2010, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The award came 20 years after his unsuccessful bid for the Peruvian presidency. What famous observation about Mexico's government did he once make?

Last updated on Friday, 28th March 2014

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