Wednesday, May 11, 2011
3d DCA Watch -- The Passing of the Old Medicine Ball.
It's a slow day inside the bunker as everyone tearfully says their goodbyes to Judge Gersten.
As has been the ritual for many decades, the judges have gathered to solemnly present the departing jurist with their favorite piece of used exercise equipment, thus cementing a bond and punctuating a friendship forged across courtrooms, across chambers, and across mechanical rooms/storage closets.
"Hope you can use my old calisthenics mat!"
"Please use my jazzercise tape in good health."
"Let me know if they also have a shot put lunch club at Bilzin!"
And, given the ceremonies attendant to this momentous occasion, the 3d had time to emit only a single, lonely civil written utterance, one dealing with the technical differences between writs and the Court's jurisdiction to hear an appeal.
What better way to send off Judge Gersten than to tell the litigants to try again and repeat the whole process once your appeal is ripe.
(Actually, thank you Judge for your hard work and dedicated public service.)