March 29, 2004

Judicial Poetry

by Nick Morgan

I'm realizing that some of the most persuasive passages of judicial writing I've ever read tend to be the more commonly ridiculed and dismissed.

Yeah, I know, we've got rules to follow and precedents to heed and expectations to respect and social order to maintain. But the truth is, I feel like writers--including judges--are most in touch with justice when they sound like poets. If the law is our most serious literature, then my favorite authors are the lyricists.

Or maybe it's just that nearly two years of reading case law has left me incapable of really responding to anything less than florid. Shrug.

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