"Law and Politics: 12 Years a Slave, Ishtar and Instant Voting"

In a quintessential juxtaposition, the New York Times, on practically the same pages, raised both the issue of whether Ukraine's constitution allowed a referendum on secession by Crimea and whether the Academy Awards voting procedures fairly reflected its members' genuine preference. Although the latest Russian invasion obviously has a more profound effect on our country, the Academy's "instant runoff" process is more relevant to the way we conduct our politics than any Ukrainian constitutional exegesis I would offer. That said, this Law and Politics column is devoted to the Oscars.

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