Thursday, July 29, 2010

Entertaining legal opinions

Today Google Scholar is highlighting entertaining legal opinions. Apparently, some U.S. judges have time to write their opinions in verse, sometimes even to the tune of LeAnn Rimes songs.

My favorite is from a case where a man sued the woman who wrapped a car around his oak tree:

We thought that we would never see
A suit to compensate a tree.
A suit whose claim in tort is prest
Upon a mangled tree's behest;

A tree whose battered trunk was prest
Against a Chevy's crumpled crest;
A tree that faces each new day
With bark and limb in disarray;

A tree that may forever bear
A lasting need for tender care.
Flora lovers though we three,
We must uphold the court's decree.

--The Honorable Judges Bronson, Brennan and Gillis of the Michigan Court of Appeals, January 10, 1983.


  1. Very creative and entertaining. Somebody may have a career in the music and/or commedy business.

  2. I bet some divorce cases would make for great country music lyrics.