It's been a couple weeks since I did an assorted-items sweep, and I've got lots of tidbits piled up waiting to be posted. However, an item passed along by Will deserves an entry of its own: a column (?) from the July 2004 issue of Orange County Lawyer magazine, written by Justice William W. Bedsworth, titled "Planes, Trains and . . . Cows." Excerpt:
My dream was less Homeric than Hemingway’s. I figured with my talent, I needed to set the bar lower. Setting it on the ground seemed appropriate, but I was afraid if the bar were lying in the dirt, others might have difficulty recognizing it as a bar and trip over it, exposing me and the state to civil liability. So I set it about ankle high.
He proceeds to discuss a recent Ohio opinion concerning cows and motor vehicles that is truly a masterpiece of legal decisionmaking. He's a funny writer, too. Go read it.