A few of my favorite things

Rob Tisinai

August 26th, 2014

Maybe it’s just because I’m on Vicodin (details below, not for the squeamish), but it’s delicious to listen to the 7th Circuit judges ask Indiana’s attorney general why he wants the adopted children of same-sex couples to be worse off than the adopted children of opposite-sex couples.

Actually, deliciousness is in effect during the whole grilling (and by grilling, I mean holding the AG’s arguments so close to the flame they end up with burn marks!). It comes both from hearing the AG stumble over his words, and also the constant incredulity in the voices of the judges. The brutality starts almost immediately. One of my is when a judge asks the AG for evidence to support a silly argument. The AG says it’s “self-evident” and the judge replies:

Self-ev — I regard it as absurd. You say it’s self-evident. [laughter in the courtroom]

Definitely worth a listen.

About the Vicodin: I had emergency (in-patient) surgery yesterday to fix a retinal detachment. First the doctor plunged a cryogenic probe into my eyeball to freeze the retina back in position by creating scar tissue. Then he pushed a syringe into my eye to inject a gas bubble that applies pressure to hold the retina in place and force out unwanted fluid.

Hence the Vicodin.

Rob Tisinai

August 26th, 2014

Or how about this. The judge says, “You don’t have any facts, you haven’t studied any of these issues, right?” And the AG says, “No…”

Bernie Keefe

August 26th, 2014

Delicious indeed!

Ben in oakland

August 26th, 2014

The audio doesn’t seem to work.

Are you sure you didn’t just stop by your friendly, local neighborhood Office of the Inquisition?

CPT_Doom

August 26th, 2014

My favorite tweet after the arguments was a reporter who suggested the lawyer defending the WI ban needed a hug the grilling was so tough.

Lucrece

August 26th, 2014

Owwww, my eye hurts just from reading this.

Hyhybt

August 27th, 2014

Get well soon.

Hyhybt

August 27th, 2014

I’ve only got 15 minutes into the first one, but I could answer these questions for their side better than this guy is! Very bad sign.

Nathaniel

August 28th, 2014

Hyhybt, bad sign for them! Of course, maybe the lawyer is just showing up to collect his pay check, and doesn’t really care if the bans are kept on the books.

Ron

September 4th, 2014

The link to the audio goes to a list of oral argument recordings. The case name is “Marilyn Rae Baskin v. Penny Bogan” and here’s a direct link to the MP3: http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/sound/external/rt.1.14-2386_08_26_2014.mp3

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