We love all of our international customers, including you savvy Brits, you patient Malaysians, you awesome Aussies and you crazy (in a good way) Pinoys. So please excuse us while we dabble into some U.S. politics.
For those of you who don’t know, President Barack Obama has chosen attorney Elena Kagan, solicitor general for the U.S., as a nominee to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. (Note to international readers: If you don’t know what the solicitor general does, don’t worry. A lot of Americans don’t know that, either.)
As political opponents search for dirt on Kagan, one thing they are bringing up is a lack of experience on the bench. But the experience she DOES have connects her to one of the great magicians and skeptics of our time: James Randi.
Specifically, Kagan in the ’80s represented Randi and a publisher against Uri Gellar ally Eldon Byrd on civil charges of defamation. Randi had called Byrd a “child molester;” Kagan drafted motions and argued before the bench about First Amendment principles. More to the story (including 2 Live Crew, but not much more about Randi) is here.