Papal Procession and Succession

A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers.
April 5 2005 3:25 AM

Papal Procession and Succession

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Pulitzer wrap-up: LAT 2; WSJ 2; NYT 1; and WP the doughnut. (By the way: Not to be rude or naive, but isn't it just a bit annoying when the papers ignore journalistic convention and just shill their own reporters' wins. Of course, it's extra-touching when said hyped win wasn't even done on company time.)

As the Post picks up on, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, thinks he might know why a couple of judges have been targeted recently:

"I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. And I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters, on some occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in, engage in violence."

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Cornyn is a former Texas Supreme Court justice.

Eric Umansky, previously the "Today's Papers" columnist for Slate, is currently a Gordon Grey Fellow at Columbia University's School of Journalism.