Before he became a law professor, Bibas also wrote letters — letters to the editor, that is. Among his letters published in New York Times were these items on the history of the writ of habeas corpus, streamlining judicial process in capital cases and identifying stolen art. Here’s another, written as a professor, on criminal use of disposable cellphones.)
Part of the modern confirmation process is reviewing a nominee’s work — and his or her writing — in search of some potentially disqualifying tidbit. As a consequence, some lucky Senate Judiciary Committee staffers will likely spend a few weekends getting to read every published word written by Bibas. If nothing else, it will provide them with a thorough education in key aspects of contemporary criminal law.