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The Semicolon

I read an article in the California Law Review entitled “Is West Virginia Unconstitutional?”

It was over three sections and one hundred pages of footnotes, with some Civil War historical background and corresponding political environment and legal musing on the constitutionality of the state of West Virginia. The second section really made the argument, and thusly, the entire article can be summed up as follows:

“The constitutionality of the state of West Virginia hinges on the popular usage of the semicolon.”

That, and nobody seems to really care what a bunch of legal scholars going against conventional wisdom think.