Tuesday, March 29, 2011

To Be or Not To Be Insane?

SCOTUS Mock Trial Mocks Mocking Posner

Chief Justice Kennedy sat as judge over a recent mock trial of Hamlet at the University of Southern California.  Hamlet, on trial for murder, sought to hide behind the curtains of an insanity defense.  Apparently two of the twelve jurors bought the "I am but mad north-north-west" line.  But I ask you, could an insane person truly "know a hawk from a handsaw" whether it came by a southerly wind or not?
Alas, poor Rehnquist, I knew him.
A fellow of infinite fairness in
assigning opinions.

Judge Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals did not take kindly to the literary charades of the Chief Justice.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Judge Posner could be heard muttering to himself, "Seems, Chief Justice!, nay it is.  I know not seems. That's the problem with presidents and Supreme Court justices and billionaires.  They think that because they are successful in one sphere they're experts in everything."

Confronted with the condemnation of Judge Posner, Justice Ruth Gertrude Ginsburg queried, "What have I done, that thou darest wag thy tongue in noise so rude against me? He is an odd person to say that."

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