Wednesday, January 18, 2006

O'Connor's opinion

Clearly I am still pretty emo because I found O'Connor's opinion on the New Hampshire case actually poignant [.pdf link]. It begins:
JUSTICE O’CONNOR delivered the opinion of the Court.
We do not revisit our abortion precedents today, but rather address a question of remedy
And there's just something unspeakably sad about that to me. It's the unspoken italics on "today" and O'Connor's knowledge in writing the opinion that, yes, we are talking about today. Tomorrow...well, tomorrow we get to go back to yesterday, historically speaking.

I guess that Leibovich piece linked to below on legal documents as the latest literary form is not so far off. When I'm feeling misty-eyed over O'Connor...

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