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Judicial Notice

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Issue 18

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In 1948, Edward Lazansky of Brooklyn wrote a long letter to his friend Jacob Billikopf of Philadelphia. It included an amusing story that Lazansky had heard at some point about his friend Benjamin N. Cardozo, who had died ten years earlier. Billikopf liked the story. He retyped it and mailed it to prominent people who had known Cardozo.

Lazansky and Billikopf had it right. The story, which generally checks out, should be shared. It gives a glimpse of Cardozo’s talents and virtues, including his judicial sense of humor.

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