Saturday, September 12, 2015


By Eric Segall

The summer heat is about to be over
Now the Justices start a brand new year

My forecast is for another term quite bleak
These important cases will be argued in the dark

But we will just have to wait and see
Soon will come the first Monday in October

The Justices traveled far and wide
To forget last term or so they tried

Same sex marriage, the death penalty, and Obamacare
Gave the Justices quite a scare

It was perhaps their grumpiest term
Scalia's anger made the press corps squirm

This Term won't better I fear
Hard cases are coming this year

Affirmative Action is back in Court
The Conservatives will try to cut it short

They say they decide by history and text
But on this issue, it’s all pretext

They say colorblind the Constitution must be
But I am afraid that I must seriously disagree

From our beginning to Brown in 1954
Whites almost always closed the school house door

Now schools want to make up for the past
And bring real diversity to the country at last

But without any basis in law or fact
SCOTUS may make our country go way back

One person one vote is also near
The law on this couldn’t be more unclear

The issue is whether to count person or voter
There will be much confusion before it’s over

The Court made it all up from the start
From text and history they did depart

So the rooster has now come home to roost
The GOP will get the boost

Abortion and immigration are not far behind
To women and the poor the Court is usually unkind

These arguments will take place in the dark
For secrecy is the Court’s hallmark

Cameras the Justices say will lead to danger
But their arguments couldn't be stranger

Their oral arguments Americans should see
In the name of greater transparency

But don’t expect cameras anytime soon
Much easier just to shoot the moon

Will Scalia and Ginsburg finally retire
A decision by either I would greatly admire

For that we will have to wait and see
For it may all depend on Hilary

Until then this ode must come to an end
I thank Mr. Dorf, my blogger and friend


Shag from Brookline said...

What might be worse
Than this rhyming verse?
Why a SCOTUS rehearse
For Jeb!: its Bush v. Gore curse!

Unknown said...

"I lift up my glass to plain meaning,
While Tony is busily preening.
The text is surely clear,
The ship of state I’ll steer,
Though none can be sure how I’m leaning." -- Guess Who

Joe said...

Ginsburg is fourth on the seniority chart -- Thomas (who can be here twenty more years) and Kennedy is ahead of her even putting aside Scalia.

Breyer is on the Late Show with Steven Colbert tonight. With Emily Blunt.

Shag from Brookline said...

Rhyme can sometimes overcome reason. Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets" floats on poetic license in my mind into "SCOTUS REGRETS" and has nothing to do with lunch, except that sometimes SCOTUS does eat the lunch of the political branches. Constructing such a parody might be elevating poetically but perhaps not for justice. I note John Oliver's "Last Week" treat-ise on public defenders and "You have a right to an attorney ...." Will SCOTUS come to terms on making this right a right in actuality? Perhaps denials of cert might be pronounced "SCOTUS REGRETS" and then having lunch.

Joseph said...

I am not a good judge of poetry but I would have enjoyed it more if published under the nom de plume Yi-Fen Chou. As a work of speculative fiction, I think it deserves a Hugo.

Shag from Brookline said...

Regarding Joseph's "I am not a good judge of poetry but ... " The subject is SCOTUS and the Constitution, and the law not being a science (although fictional at times) would not be eligible for a Hugo, unless proposed interplanetarily. Poetic license is not stripped by poetic malpractice. As to judging poetry, I know it when I see it, whether good or bad.