I remain delighted by the writing in Judge Stucky’s opinion for the court in United States v. Weston, __ M.J. ___, No. 08-0594/MC (C.A.A.F. June 11, 2009). The opinion begins:
There was something odd about the electric razor in the bathroom. Staff Sergeant (SSgt) ME, a female Marine court reporter, noticed it sitting on the wall locker shelf in the bathroom she shared with Appellant, the senior court reporter, whom she knew to be experienced with computers and surveillance equipment. SSgt ME typically changed clothes in the bathroom and for the past year had felt that she was being watched, a feeling that she attributed to paranoia. But this time the circumstances were simply too odd and her suspicions too strong. SSgt ME took the razor with her when she left work that day. Her attempt to open the razor’s casing ended at Sears with a “Torque” T7 screwdriver. Inside the razor she found a camera.
Judge Stucky’s prose has now drawn notice from beyond military justice wonkdom.
Law.Com Legal Blog Watch has posted a piece here called “Cloak-and-Dagger Justice” about the Weston opinion, accompanied by a photo of Humphrey Bogart. The post links to this Suits & Sentences post called “Judicial noir” that also comments on Weston (and offers amusing rewrites of Marbury v. Madison, Lochner v. New York, and Bush v. Gore).
h/t Phil Cave’s Court-Martial Trial Practice blog