This has to be the single most brilliant opinion I’ve ever read. Judge Jeffrey Sutton proceeds to eviscerate the Memphis Police Department and a district court judge who has annoyed me (in fairness, judges probably annoy every lawyer when they rule against that lawyer – it doesn’t mean that the judge is stupid or even wrong). I have tremendous respect for the district court judge in this case, but I have to admit that seeing him get jerked up short by the Sixth Circuit gave me a delicious sense of schadenfreude, seeing how he’s wagged his finger at me before.
And don’t get me wrong; being declared to be wrong by two circuit judges (okay, a circuit judge and a district judge sitting by designation) isn’t a big deal. But the opinion Judge Sutton wrote is hilarious, and you should read it too.