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Are there any unused Katz puns for law review articles? Prof pounces on the issue

Posted May 7, 2014 12:10 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Law review authors writing about the Fourth Amendment can’t resist puns based on the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Katz v. United States.

George Washington University law professor Orrin Kerr says he isn’t a fan of puns in titles, and he would like to see puns related to Katz nipped in the bud. Writing at the Volokh Conspiracy, he notes several punning titles from the last few years, including these:

• Is The Court Allergic To Katz? Problems Posed By New Methods Of Electronic Surveillance To The 'Reasonable-Expectation-Of-Privacy' Test

United States v. Jones: Does Katz Still Have Nine Lives?

• Herding Katz: GPS Tracking And Society’s Expectations Of Privacy In The 21st Century

Kerr invites readers to come up with more Katz-themed titles. Commenters obliged with titles such as:

• Expanding Definition of ‘Consent’ Neuters Katz

• Skinning Katz: More Than One Way to the Fourth Amendment

• The Katz Pajamas: Saying Goodnight to Privacy in the Digital Age?

Hat tip to @David_Ingram.

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