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    What’s Up With Shakespeare in Legal Proceedings?

    Judge Michael Baylson, in his Pennsylvania federal court, thrice invok’d The Bard this month when ruling against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his battle with “sanctuary cities” that don’t report undocumented immigrants to U.S. immigration authorities. “No place indeed should murder sanctuarize,” was one of the quotes, from Hamlet’s Act 4, essentially casting Sessions as the homicide-suborning King Claudius. Clemson University literature prof Walt Hunter posits that Baylson’s and others’ Shakespearean disputations show that despite the Elizabethan playwright’s ambiguity, his works retain their relevance, even for complex 21st century societal issues.

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