Speaking of Lawsuits

If Grisham and Kafka collaborated on a novel, it would look something like this:

Suing George W. Bush

If you, like me, have absorbed your understanding of the US legal system primarily from re-runs of Law and Order, prepare to be very surprised, amused and amazed by reality.


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3 Responses to “Speaking of Lawsuits”

  1. Richard Says:

    “Let me make clear what I mean by that. When plaintiffs explain what they mean when they say they, in quotes, ‘know,’ they don’t know. What they mean when they say that is that they — although they think or believe or claim they were surveilled, it’s possible they weren’t surveilled … When they say they know, what they mean by that, on their own terms, is that they don’t know.”

    Please, stop, I can’t breathe!

  2. apophaticattic Says:

    LOL – I know. Did you catch the Rumsfeld crack? Not sure if you’ve heard about this, but somebody put out a book called “the Existential Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld”. It carries this classic and eerily similar composition:

    As we know,
    There are known knowns.
    There are things we know we know.
    We also know
    There are known unknowns.
    That is to say
    We know there are some things
    We do not know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns,
    The ones we don’t know we don’t know.


  3. Richard Says:

    This is from BBC series, Yes, Prime Minister:

    “Apparently, the fact that you needed to know was not known at the time that the now known need to know was known, therefore those that needed to advise and inform the Home Secretary perhaps felt the information he needed as to whether to inform the highest authority of the known information was not yet known and therefore there was no authority for the authority to be informed because the need to know was not, at that time, known or needed.”

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