Category archives for V’s Legalese

V’s Legalese: The Missing Opinion in “Brown v. Board of Education”

Sometimes the Supreme Court makes mistakes. Sometimes it later fixes them. But it doesn’t always admit it. It can be a tricky thing for members of a respectable institution to admit that they or their predecessors on the same bench were wrong. Do it seldom; the Court loses credibility, especially when the overruling is plainly […]

“Star Wars” vs. “Rogue One” – Canons of Construction

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on the Cinematic Katzenjammer in December, 2016. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story contradicts the Original Star Wars. Not the trilogy; just the original 1977 movie. This article is a nerdy litigator’s exercise in construction, but stick with it. This ain’t CinemaSins. It’s fun. I assume two things: […]

Ben Shapiro is Wrong: Judicial Review as Obligation

The Supreme Court can tell us all no. That’s a good thing. Blasphemous as it may be to say on Twitter, I genuinely like Ben Shapiro. I have important disagreements with him, but I’m proud of how he’s become a household name. I admire him for his steadfast courage. And I think that in terms […]

V’s Legalese: An Introduction and Mission Statement

Dear Readers, Boy, the Supreme Court sure can be dull sometimes. If you’ve ever tried reading a judicial opinion, you probably got about four or five paragraphs in before seeing a citation for a case you’ve never heard of. It appears like an orange cone tossed into the middle of a NASCAR track. Suddenly you […]