Monday, July 26, 2010 | 9:00 AM
Judicial opinions in common law countries, like the United States, clarify and refine the law of the land. They consider weighty issues, weigh conflicting requirements and carry much weight among all who read them. Here are some opinions for your summer reading.
Rimes v. Curb Records, Inc., 2001 the opinion is written as a series of songs to be sung to tunes by LeAnn Rimes. It starts:
A very rich and famous star
Wasn't so rich in times afar
But what a talent she had!
Jim: Honey, I've been thinking, we ought to move to Alabama.
Liz: But Sweetheart, I thought you liked living in Colorado.
Liz: You'll look so good in jailhouse stripes, my Love. When do we move?
We thought that we would never see
A suit to compensate a tree.
A suit whose claim in tort is prest
Upon a mangled tree's behest;
Conrad Busch filed a timely appeal,
trying to avoid a pre-marital deal
which says appellee need not pay him support;
he brings his case, properly, before this Court.
Our decision in Robbins Tire,
Interpreting Congresses' reported desires,
Exposed workers to their bosses' ire.
The High Court, avoiding this sticky quagmire,
Lawyer: Juan, I have good news and bad news.
Ramirez-Lopez: OK, I'm ready. Give me the bad news first.
Lawyer: Due process. We're very proud of it.
There are many more such gems. Now that everyone can read US opinions, you can find some yourself. Happy hunting!
Posted by Anurag Acharya, Distinguished Engineer