Friday, October 19, 2012

Judge Jordan Goes Full Carnes!


We've written at length about Judge Carnes' predilection for a strong "cold opening" to his opinions, frequently drawing from history, literature, pop music, and even beloved children's stories.

Not to be outdone, Judge Jordan tries his hand with an always-in-style Abe Lincoln reference:
Following the 1860 election, President Abraham Lincoln chose a cabinet “comprised of enemies and opponents,” including three men who had been his “chief rivals for the Republican nomination,” because they “‘were the strongest men in the party’” and he “‘had no right to deprive the country of their services.’” DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN 319 (2005). When she was elected in 2008 as superior court clerk of Lumpkin County, Georgia, Rita Harkins did not emulate President Lincoln; in her first official act as clerk, Ms. Harkins dismissed her co-worker and former political rival, Sarah Jane Underwood, whom she had defeated in the Republican primary.
Ok, not bad for a first try -- this one actually fits.

Roughly translated, I believe the Judge is saying:  "Ms. Harkins, you are no Abe Lincoln."

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  1. Carnes is heavy handed.Burt got it right.

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  3. Judge Jordan is the best. You missed the best line - one worthy of your nose holding 3d DCA image:

    "Ms. Harkin’s termination of Ms. Underwood may well be emblematic of a “civil neighbourly country [beset] with increasingly uncivil politics.” There Goes the Neighbourhood, Lexington, THE ECONOMIST, Sept. 22-28, 2012, at 42. Nevertheless, the First Amendment, as interpreted by the Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit, did not require Ms. Harkins to graciously embrace and retain her political opponent
    after becoming superior court clerk of Lumpkin County. The district court’s grant of
    summary judgment in favor of Ms. Harkins is affirmed."

    By the way - citing to the Economist as opposed to European Law or the Koran - brilliant by Jordan...paving a way to the Supreme Court baby!

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  4. With all due respect to Judge Jordan, he has the wrong historical reverse analogy. The opinion should have opened up like this: "Don Corleone, borrowing from the Abe Lincoln school of political cynicism, once said, 'keep your friends close and your enemies closer.' The clerk herein did not follow this time honored tradition." To even suggest that Lincoln's motives were pure is laughable. Yes, old Honest Abe, always above the fray, extending an olive branch to his vanquished foes in a selfless act of political sportsmanship. To which I say: BS. Lincoln was as cold and ruthless a political player as we have ever had. And I say that with admiration.

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  5. STL - you are way off on Lincoln. You have to look no further than the groundwork laid for reconstruction.

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  6. What horrible casting!

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  7. Judge Jordan is the best. You missed the best line - one worthy of your nose holding 3d DCA image: "Ms. Harkin’s termination of Ms. Underwood may well be emblematic of a “civil neighbourly country [beset] with increasingly uncivil politics.” There Goes the Neighbourhood, Lexington, THE ECONOMIST, Sept. 22-28, 2012, at 42. Nevertheless, the First Amendment, as interpreted by the Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit, did not require Ms. Harkins to graciously embrace and retain her political opponent after becoming superior court clerk of Lumpkin County. The district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Ms. Harkins is affirmed." By the way - citing to the Economist as opposed to European Law or the Koran - brilliant by Jordan...paving a way to the Supreme Court baby!

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