There is a game that occasionally makes the Facebook rounds where you pick up the book that is closest to you and post say, the fifth sentence on page 97. Here’s what happens when I play that game: “For other early courts whose name may differ from the modern court that serves the particular jurisdiction, use Appendix 3 to abbreviate the name of the court as it appears in the caption.” Darby Dickerson & ALWD, ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation 97 (4th ed., Aspen Publishers 2010).
For today’s blog however, with rows and rows of books at my disposal, I have decided to play a variation of that game. I wandered through the library, selecting at random books that were published in 2012. The quotes here are from page 97 of each of those books except that, in the spirit of Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) since it is my game, I took the liberty of occasionally making up new rules mid-game and if a sentence caught my attention on my way to the fifth one on page 97, I selected that one instead.
“The inviolability of diplomatic premises together with the hostile environments in which they are sometimes located, has meant that they have often housed stores of weapons, whether for use by military guard units permitted by the receiving state or by the diplomats themselves, including intelligence officers and members of special forces working under diplomatic cover.” G.R. Berridge, Embassies in Armed Conflict 97 (Continuum 2012). JZ1405 .B48 2012.
“‘There are people who are death penalty academics.'” James R. Hackney, Jr., Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Refelctions on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory 97 (N.Y. U. Press 2012) (quoting Austin Sarat). KF380 .H33 2012
“If zoo patrons are consistently exposed to animals with physical or psychological ailments it is conceivable some may consider such animals to be ‘normal.'” Siobhan O’Sullivan, Animals, Equality and Democracy 95 (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). B105 .A58 O88 2012.
“Now the forces of the great American nation would set aside their ‘benevolent and humane’ inclinations and act with ‘impunity’ to achieve victory.” John Fabian Witt, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History 97 (Free Press 2012). KF7210 .W58 2012.
“‘No one has ever suggested that tax exemption has converted libraries, art galleries, or hospitals into arms of the state or put employees “on the public payroll.”‘” Bruce R. Hopkins, Tax-Exempt Organizations and Constitutional Law: Nonprofit Law as Shaped by the U.S. Supreme Court 99 (Wiley 2012) (quoting Walz v. Tax Comm’n of N.Y., 397 U.S. 664 (1970)). KF1388 .H66 2012
“A plausible reading of this article could suggest that NATO was guilty of ‘war crimes’ when bombing Serbia’s civil infrastructure in the spring of 1999, or that the United States were guilty of ‘war crimes’ when striking a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan on February 20th, 1998 in retaliation for the bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania which killed 224 people (of which 12 were American nationals) and injured 5,000 others.” Theirry Baudet, The Significance of Borders: Why Representative Government and the Rule of Law Require Nation States 97 (Brill 2012). KZ4041 .B38 2012
“Emotions such as animus are not recognized as a basis for seeking legal relief from the federal courts or almost all state courts.” Dissenting Voices in American Society: The Role of Judges, Lawyers, and Citizens 95 (Austin Sarat, ed., Cambridge U. Press 2012). KF8990 .A75 D57 2012.
“These used to be almost entirely distinct realms of governance: local police departments stayed out of immigration enforcement not just because it was a federal responsibility, but because they wanted the trust of the millions of people in the United States without proper documentation.” The Political Heart of Criminal Procedure 95 (Michael Klarman, et al., eds., Cambridge U. Press 2012). KF9619 .A2 P68 2012
“And when it seeks constitutional assurance, it looks as often as not to its poets first, and to its jurists second.” Ian Ward, Law and the Brontes 99 (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). PR4169 .W365 2012.
“Instead of miring itself in this impasse of ‘undecidability,’ this (and, perhaps, all) feminist critique engages the law’s doubleness because it actually takes critique somewhere, opening up rather than occluding an alternative space, a different juridical imaginary.” William P. MacNeil, Novel Judgments: Legal Theory as Fiction 97 (Routledge 2012). PR868 .L39 M33 2012.
Want to play? Grab the book closest to you and post the fifth sentence on page 97 (with citation of course) as a comment to this blog.