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Critics pan the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for any number of reasons, from its size to its politics, but if there’s one thing above reproach, it’s the court’s nuanced view of moral turpitude.

The court has been known to engage in long, esoteric debates on what Merriam-Webster defines as “inherent baseness” or “depravity.” On Wednesday, the evolving definition settled here: Drunken driving isn’t turpitude. Drunken driving without a license is.

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