Thursday, February 26, 2015

High Court Humor

One of the reasons I would not make a good lawyer is because case histories and rulings do not strike me as page-turning can’t-put-it-down reading.  Judges have to be restrained and very detailed in what they put in their opinions because the law and precedent demand it.  But every now and then there comes a judge who can plant a kernel of humor.  For example, Justice Elena Kagan in a Supreme Court ruling yesterday:

As the plurality must acknowledge, the ordinary meaning of “tangible object” is “a discrete thing that possesses physical form.” A fish is, of course, a discrete thing that possesses physical form. See generally Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960).

Permission to gigglesnort, your honor.