Judicial gems

No matter how you voted in the Michigan Supreme Court election last week, it’s hard to say we won’t all miss gems like the one that Justice Alton T. Davis bestowed on us at oral arguments last week.

He told one of the litigants that her argument was like “meringue on a pie. It looks nice, but there’s not much there.”


Another favorite from this session was when he suggested during a discussion about whether or not law school students ought to be allowed to present oral arguments at the Michigan Court of Appeals. He suggested that it’s important to remember the court is not considering allowing random people to just walk in off the street to argue at the Court of Appeals.

In a setting where common sense doesn’t always intersect with the law, it’s nice from time to time to be jolted back from the ether to the real world.


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