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A Factoid for Bankruptcy Law Buffs:

What is probably the first American treatise on bankruptcy law was written while the author was in prison. And, no, it wasn't debtor's prison -- the treatise (The Bankrupt Law of America, Compared with the Bankrupt Law of England) was written by Thomas Cooper in 1800, when he was in prison for violating the Sedition Act.

vassil_petrov (mail):
One of the exelent treatises on the General Part of Civil Law in Bulgarian was written while prof. Fadenhecht was in prison. His "crime" was that he was minister of justice in one of the First World War governments. Bulgaria was on the wrong (German/Austro-Hungary) side of the war and suffered as a result. The people wanted revenge against the politicians that got the country involved on the wrong side.
3.30.2009 12:09pm
MikeR:
Gotta love the usage "the bankrupt law" vs "the bankruptcy law." Nice modern day double meaning.
3.30.2009 1:20pm
Frog Leg (mail):
Did he use the prison law library for this?
3.30.2009 1:37pm
L Nettles (mail):
And now the Library at the U. of South Carolina is named for him.
3.30.2009 4:10pm
Michael F. Martin (mail) (www):
An unusual genre for the literature written in prison as a while, which tends to the more spiritual concerns.
3.30.2009 4:29pm
Thales (mail) (www):
If current trends keep up, we may see such a treatise written in a *creditor's* prison.
3.30.2009 4:45pm
Brett Bellmore:
I hold to the original meaning of "factoid": Something that looks like a fact, but isn't really factual. We've already got a word for things that look like facts, and are factual: "Facts".
3.30.2009 8:04pm

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