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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

My friend, Dred.

Posted on: Tue, Mar 29 2005 1:50 AM

So I have a legal question, and if anyone can answer it I'll be glad to sign over my diploma to you because I've been obsessing about it, and I can't figure it out.

You know the Dred Scott case? Dred Scott v. Sanford, seminal constitutional law case that held that black people were property and not citizens. Holding aside, the case was crazy because Dred was Dred Scott's first name--which is weird because case names only usually cite the parties' last names.

So why did they include his first name?

And why was he named Dred?

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