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Prof. acheives German honors

Andrei Markovits is an Arthur
F. Thurnau Professor and the Karl
W. Deutsch Collegiate Profes-
sor of Comparative Politics and
German Studies at the Univer-
sity. In 2012, The Federal Repub-
lic of Germany honored him with
the Federal Cross of the Order of
Merit, an award recognizing indi-
viduals who have done a "service
to the nation" of Germany.
What's your favorite class
to teach?
My sports class (German 379:
Sports, Politics and Society). I
love the topic, I love the scope.
I just love it.

You've written a lot of
books in your career. Which
are you most proud of and
Probably "Offside: Soccer
& American Exceptionalism"
because when I wrote that, very
few academics wrote serious
books on sports. In the mean-
time, it's become very normal.
But when I published that and
worked on that, it was still quite
What does winning The
Federal Cross of the Order of
Merit in 2012 mean to you as a
scholar of German studies?

It's the highest honor that
the Center Republic of Germany
gives to anybody. I'm not quite
believing that I got it. That's a
very, very high honor. And it
was not only for my scholar-
ship on Germany, but also for
my helping lots of German aca-
demics and German students
but also helping many Ameri-
cans. It's basically for German-
American relations. It's not an
academic award. It also includes
my work as an academic, but it's
also not for what I did but for
who I am, so to speak. Namely,
that I played this important role
in German-American relations.

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Supreme Court works to reach Trial continues for German
decision on recess appointments man accused of murder

lawyer is hard pressed
to defend the system
back from their own long break,
Supreme Court justices set out
Monday to resolve a politically
charged fight over when the Sen-
ate's absence gives the president
the power to make temporary
appointments to high-level posi-
tions without senators' approval.
The legal battle is the out-
growth of partisan rancor over
presidential appointees that has
characterized Washington over
the past 20 years, and especially
since President Barack Obama
took office in 2009.
Recess appointments have
divided Democrats and Repub-
licans, with views changing
depending on which party holds
the White House. But during
more than 90 minutes of argu-

ments Monday, the Obama admin-
istration was hard pressed to find
support for its stand in favor of
recess appointments from justices
named by Republicans and Demo-
crats alike - including Obama.
Justice Elena Kagan, an Obama
nominee, seized on the politi-
cal dispute to make the point to
Solicitor General Donald Verrilli
Jr. that "congressional intransi-
gence" to Obama nominees may
not be enough to win the court
Kagan, Verrilli's predecessor as
Obama's top Supreme Court law-
yer, suggested that it "is the Sen-
ate's role to determine whether
they're in recess."
The court is writing on a blank
slate as it considers for the first
time the Constitution's recess
appointments clause. That clause
allows the president to fill vacan-
cies temporarily, but only when
the Senate is in recess.
The constitutional issue maybe
new to the court, but two justices


lived through the political tussle
over nominations. Both Chief Jus-
tice John Roberts and Kagan were
nominated to the federal appeals
court in Washington, but saw
their nominations blocked in the
Senate. Roberts eventually won
confirmation, but Kagan did not.
And one of the lawyers involved
in Monday's case withdrew his
nomination to the same court.
The Senate has "an absolute
right not to confirm nominees
that the President submits," Rob-
erts said.
The administration was "latch-
ing onto" the constitutional pro-
vision to combat the Senate's
refusal to act, even though it was
written to deal with an era when
horseback was the fastest mode of
transportation and Congress was
absent from Washington for long
periods, Roberts said.
Even Justice Ruth Bader Gins-
burg, perhaps Verrilli's most sym-
pathetic questioner, said at one
point, "I think to be candid, the
Senate is always available. They
can be called back on very short
Monday's case, the first argu-
ment at the court in more than a
month, is a dispute over Obama's
appointments to the National
Labor Relations Board in January
2012. Republicans and employers
who objected to NLRB decisions
made by those Obama appointees
say the Senate was not in recess
when Obama acted, and so any
decisions made by the board were
There are three questions
before the court - whether recess
appointments can be made only
during the once-a-year break
between sessions of Congress,
whether the vacancy must occur
while the Senate is away in order
to be filled during the same break
and whether brief, pro forma ses-
sions of the Senate, held every few
days to break up a longer Senate
hiatus, can prevent the president
from making recess appoint-
ments. -
The latter question offers the
court a narrower way to rule on
recess appointments.

49-year-old Muth
allegedly killed
91-year-old wife
Jurors in the trial of a German
man charged with killing his
91-year-old wife were shown
bloody crime scene photo-
graphs Monday and a portion
of an interview with homicide
detectives in which he referred
to the couple's relationship as a
"marriage of convenience."
Albrecht Muth, 49, also
describes in matter-of-fact
fashion how he found the life-
less body of his wife, Viola
Drath, in a bathroom of their
home but decided that it would
be futile to even try to resusci-
tate her.
"The obvious was obvious,"
Muth can be heard telling the
pair of detectives.
Muth is charged with first-
degree murder in the August
2011 beating and strangulation
death of Drath, a German jour-
nalist and socialite. He faces
life in prison if convicted.
The interview, recorded in
a cramped police interroga-
tion room in the days between
the discovery of Drath's body
and her husband's arrest, gave
jurors their closest look yet at
the defendant: Muth has been
absent from the trial, partici-
pating passively through vid-
eoconference, after doctors
said his self-imposed starvation
made him too weak to appear
in court. He has been fasting
off-and-on for what he says are
religious reasons.
The case is expected to go to
the jury later this week.
Muth's lawyers say he is
innocent and that there's no
evidence he killed his wife.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, say
Muth lived off a monthly allow-
ance from his wife that had
recently been reduced and that
he killed Drath in hopes of col-
lecting a portion of her estate.
In the segment of the video

jurors saw, the detectives asked
Muth to walk them through
the discovery of Drath's body
but did not ask whether he had
anything to do with her death.
When one of the detectives
noted the large age difference
and asked whether the couple
were intimate, Muth replied,
"We had a marriage of conve-
Muth called police early on
Aug. 12, 2011, to report finding
his wife dead in a third-floor
bathroom of the home they
shared in Georgetown, a posh
Washington neighborhood.
Investigators initially treat-
ed the death as one of natural
causes but settled on Muth as
the suspect after finding no
signs of forced entry and deter-
mining that he and Drath were
the only ones home at the time
she died. A crime scene techni-
cian testified Monday that none
of the windows to the home had
been opened. Another inves-
tigator said he found Inter-
net searches on Muth's laptop
computer for flights to Iceland,
crossing the Canadian border,
extradition arrangements with
Mexico and challenging a pre-
nuptial agreement.
Also Monday, Latoya
Jamison, a forensic investigator
with the D.C. medical examin-
er's office, said Muth appeared
anxious and fidgety but oth-
erwise emotionless after she
came to the home to take pho-
tographs and inspect the body.
She said he seemed especially
curious to know the cause of
death and whether any trauma
was found that could explain it.
One of Drath's daughters testi-
fied that Muth told her that her
mother had been having bal-
ance problems, but she said that
surprised her since her mother
had been in excellent physical
With Drath's daughters and
other relatives present in the
courtroom, prosecutors pre-
sented graphic photographs of
Drath sprawled out dead on the
bathroom floor. A large, bloody

gash covered her neck, another
wound was found on the back
of her neck and aifngernail had
been nearly ripped off, Jamison
She said the position of
Drath's body struck her as
peculiar for someone who
would have died from a fall,
as Muth had maintained, or
of natural causes. She said it
appeared likely that Drath had
died somewhere else in the
house and then been placed in
the bathroom, which prosecu-
tors contend is what happened.
One of Drath's daughters,
Connie Drath Dwyer, also testi-
fied that Muth had begun pres-
suring her mother for money
and insisted that he be able to
keep items of household furni-
ture upon her death.
She recalled how he was
wearing eye patch the first time
they met - he said he lost his
eye to injury - and made refer-
ence to having been a merce-
nary soldier in South America.
She said she never again saw
him with a patch and never
noticed problems with his eye.
Prosecutors contend the
patch was part of a web of
elaborate fictions that Muth
spun about his professional
career and connections. He had
claimed to be a brigadier gen-
eral with the Iraqi army, but
the military uniform he would
wear around the neighborhood
was actually purchased and he
had no authentic army connec-
tions, prosecutors say.
Drath's daughter also testi-
fied that Muth balked when she
asked him to compose an obitu-
ary for her mother, even though
he wrote about his wife all the
time and regularly prepared
speeches for her. She said she
ultimately wrote up an obituary
that said her mother had died
after being injured in a fall, con-
sistent with what Muth had told
the family.
"The papers always like to
have a cause of death," she
explained. "I thought I had to
put something in."


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