Chief Justice Dissented. In Noir Style.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist loved Gilbert and Sullivan (so much so that he added yellow stripes to his robe) but his successor John Roberts, Jr. prefers crime noir.

Just check out his dissent in the Pennsylvania v. Dunlap:

"Officer Sean Devlin, Narcotics Strike Force, was working the morning shift. Undercover surveillance. The neighborhood? Tough as a three­ dollar steak. Devlin knew. Five years on the beat, nine months with the Strike Force. He’d made fifteen, twenty drug busts in the neighborhood.

"Devlin spotted him: a lone man on the corner. Another approached. Quick exchange of words. Cash handed over; small objects handed back. Each man then quickly on his own way. Devlin knew the guy wasn’t buying bus tokens. He radioed a description and Officer Stein picked up the buyer. Sure enough: three bags of crack in the guy’s pocket. Head downtown and book him. Just another day at the office."

Tony Mauro of The Blog of Legal Times has more on the story: Link - via On Deadline


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I doubt it took him longer to write than the normal legal style, and I'd prefer the Supreme Court to have at least a little humanity to it anyway.
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Does anyone else think that ChrisM70 should try reading a normal case document and seeing how boring they are before saying what the Chief Justice should or schould not do?
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