The Literary Jurist

    How Appealing has a good post talking about the poet-PA Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, who wrote a recent opinion in verse, which prompted two other justices into writing opinions saying he was making light of the court by doing so.

    Those justices are wrong. I think poetry is quite acceptable in judicial opinions Here is one of my favorites by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on the Austin Barton Spring’s Salamander case



      Barton Springs is a true Austin shrine,

      A hundred years of swimming sublime.

      Now the plaintiffs say swimmers must go

      ‘Cause of “stress” to critters, 50 or so.

      They want no cleaning because of these bottom feeders,

      Saying it’s the law from our congressional leaders.

      But really nothing has changed in all these years

      Despite federal laws and these plaintiffs’ fears.

      Both salamander and swimmer enjoy the springs that are cool.

      And cleaning is necessary for both species in the pool.

      The City is doing its best with full federal support,

      So no temporary injunction shall issue from this Court.

      Therefore, today, Austin citizens get away with a rhyme;

      But, the truth is they might not be so lucky the next time.

      The Endangered Species Act in its extreme makes no sense.

      Only Congress can change it to make this problem past tense.