Fiddler on the Scales of Justice

Chicago Law professor and blogger Eric Posner has discovered a correlation — or causal link! — between the release of Norman Jewison’s FIDDLER movie in 1971 and the frequency of the word “chutzpah” in judicial opinions. The word never appears in FIDDLER’s script, but the film’s popularity bolstered American Jews’ cultural comfort and visibility, so he could be onto something. Then again, maybe criminals have simply become more chutzpadik. Here’s Prof. Posner’s chart, taken from his blog.