Lots of us (to my shame, me included) are having fun chuckling about a lawyer from Arkansas who got chewed up by the Justices in the half-inch beard case. See, e.g., Douglas Berman, Arkansas deputy AG cut to pieces while trying to defend prison beard-cutting policies, Sentencing Law and Policy (October 7, 2014) (In the body of the post, Doug mostly quotes the highly regarded Lyle Denniston).

If the silly little case was so easy, why did the Elite set it for argument? A per curiam reversal (think Ninth Circuit) would have worked just as well. However, that would not have allowed their Eminences the opportunity to display their preening wit.

I guess you gotta take your fun where you can find it.


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