In the South, a wedding engagement gone sadly wrong leads to a compulsively readable opinion by Judge William Pryor for an Eleventh Circuit panel, complete with reference to the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard. [Myers v. Bowman, PDF; summary judgment affirmed against civil rights claim](bad link fixed now)
Given the bossiness of the legislature in Annapolis these days, I had to check the calendar on this one. [Anita Park, Greater Greater Washington, April 1]
P.S. And from The Onion, where every day is April 1: “Mississippi Bans Soft Drinks Smaller Than 20 Ounces.”
Yet more: Didn’t Ilya Shapiro predict this? “Supreme Court upholds same-sex marriage as a tax” [Tax Foundation]
Instead of litigation or other varieties of dispute resolution that might leave hard feelings, why not try arm wrestling, a coin flip, drawing straws, or rock-paper-scissors? [Cracked] Earlier here.
“This is known as the ‘Canadian girlfriend’ school of legal argumentation.” [Popehat, on the unwillingness of the British government to cite specific legal authority backing up its threats against NearlyFreeSpeech.net, a U.S.-based website]
…had a great career in litigation after his fall [Pearls Before Swine cartoon, Sept. 23]
Satire by Kyle Graham about some high-level legal-literary feuding.
Among them, The Randy Barnett: “Activity tonight, inactivity tomorrow!” [Tristyn Bloom]
A well-worn figure of speech among legal advocates is a literal tradition in some New England coastal communities, especially on Boston’s North Shore. [Ben Zimmer, Boston Globe]
When I wished for there to be less power in Washington, I think you misunderstood.
More: This is looking like my most popular Tweet ever, thanks @chucktodd and many others.
“I would say that Judge Kozinski doesn’t have an ideology so much as a Dungeons & Dragons alignment: Chaotic Neutral.” [Kyle Graham]
Kyle Graham kicked off the meme with examples that include “Guido Calabresi” = “Discourage Bail,” “Elizabeth Warren” = “Brazen Wealthier” and “Cass Sunstein” = “Insanest Cuss.” My contributions include “Randy Barnett” = “Nab Red Tyrant” and “Dale Carpenter” = “Parade Lectern.” If you’re wondering about rearrangements of my own name, by the way, the best one seems to be “Wastrel Loon.”
P.S. “Stephen Breyer” = “Hereby Repents” and more Supreme Court Justice anagram names.
He had previously faced charges of, yes, failure to appear [Lowering the Bar]
For the intersection of tort buffs and Edward Gorey fans — I can’t be the only such one — don’t miss this from Kyle Graham at his excellent new blog Non Curat Lex:
…C is for Carter who slipped on some ice
D is for Dillon who might have died twice
E is for Escola nicked by some pop
F is for Fletcher whose mine needed a mop…
Original reference here.