Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I'll give you five guesses who wrote the following two paragraphs:

"North Philly, May 4, 2001. Officer Sean Devlin, Narcotics Strike Force, was working the morning shift. Undercover surveillance. The neighborhood? Tough as a threedollar steak. Devlin knew. Five years on the beat, nine months with the Strike Force. He’d made fifteen, twenty drug busts in the neighborhood."

"Devlin spotted him: a lone man on the corner. Another approached. Quick exchange of words. Cash handed over; small objects handed back. Each man then quickly on his own way. Devlin knew the guy wasn’t buying bus tokens. He radioed a description and Officer Stein picked up thebuyer. Sure enough: three bags of crack in the guy’s pocket. Head downtown and book him. Just another day at the office."

I'll bet no one guessed that it started with:

"The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied. CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS, with whom JUSTICE KENNEDY joins, dissenting from denial of certiorari."

That's right, it's not a crime novel, it's the beginning of a dissenting opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts issued last week. Personally, I think it's kind of cool.

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