This and That by Dennis Wade

The Holidays are a time to have fun and to look for inspiration for the coming year.  Both may be found in the law.  Here are some of my favorites–some fun, some inspirational.

“Truth isn’t truth.”

Rudolf Giuliani explaining why answering Special Prosecutor Mueller’s questions might pose a risk for the President.

“I like beer.  I still like beer.”

Then Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh answering questions about his high school days at Georgetown Prep.

“North Philly, Officer Sean Devlin, Narcotics Strike Force, was working the morning shift.  Undercover surveillance.  The neighborhood?  Tough as a three dollar steak…”

Chief Justice Roberts, sounding like Dashiell Hammet, in dissent from a denial of certiorari in a probable cause case.

“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turns out to be great good fortune.”

Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg

“Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts.”

Justice Stephen Breyer

“Eighteen-hole golf courses, 10-foot-high basketball hoops, 90 foot baselines, 100-yard football fields—all are arbitrary and none is essential…Many, indeed, consider walking to be the central feature of the game of golf-hence Mark Twain’s classic criticism of the sport: ‘a good walk spoiled.’”

The late Justice Scalia’s preface in dissent as to why the Supreme Court should not have touched the “cart” controversy in PGA Tour, Inc. v. Casey Martin.

“I do know one thing about me:  I don’t measure myself by others expectations or let others define my worth.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayer

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

And that’s it for This and That: