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I Love Dahlia Lithwick's Writing Style:

Check out these opening paragraphs about the Anna Nicole Smith case:

It's difficult to imagine two more different pieces of circuitry: The Supreme Court is hard-wired to suck out the drama from even the most emotionally charged conflicts. Bush v. Gore, the partial-birth-abortion case, the enemy-combatant cases -- each was briefed and argued like, well, like a bankruptcy case. Life, death, anthrax scares: The court somehow scatters its own unique brand of boringness and uptightness over every drama it touches.

Whereas Anna Nicole Smith exists exclusively for psychodrama. If she isn't wearing something sparkly or saying something filthy, she might not exist at all. Which is why this morning's collision between the two worlds is so compelling. It's probably well worth the hundreds of millions of dollars in question for Anna to rein in the jubblies, dress in sober black, and sit still for an hour. She doesn't give interviews or sign autographs as she enters or exits the marble tomb, although some reporters are mowed flat in the scrum. In the first dispute today -- the ethos of Anna Nicole versus the ethos of the Supreme Court -- the court is the clear winner....

Anderson (mail) (www):
She [Smith] has stepped into the only place in America where her breasts have no power.

Ah, the divine Dahlia. Seems she hasn't written as much lately; the baby track is keeping her busy, I infer.
2.28.2006 7:31pm
dunno:
Ah Dahlia Lithwick. The thinking man's A3G. But I've got to disagree with her on one point, outside the law:

If she isn't wearing something sparkly or saying something filthy, she might not exist at all.


My understanding is that Mrs Marshall, in such a situation, is more likely to be in an extreme state of undress.
2.28.2006 7:45pm
Kovarsky (mail):
I have some subconscious association between the name "Pierce" and mustaches. Does somebody know whether Mr. Marshall's heir - his son Pierce Marshall - has a mustache?

Sorry, I know that was not relevant.
2.28.2006 7:49pm
Kate1999 (mail):
Yeah, Lithwick is fantastic when she reports on cases without any clear ideological component. Probate is perfect for her. Too bad she can't maintain the same perspective and sense of humor when cases have more of a left/right split.
2.28.2006 8:19pm
Chico's Bail Bonds (mail):
Yes, she is a great writer. I always look forward to reading her accounts of oral arguments. That says a lot, considering how dull oral arguments usually are first-hand.
2.28.2006 8:42pm
Tester (mail):
Here is an article claiming that Alito still does not tilt the court to the right, but rather restores balance.
2.28.2006 9:32pm
whoever:
I must agree, Anna Nicole's opening paragraphs are well worth checking out.
2.28.2006 9:44pm
Medis:
I echo everyone else--Dahlia's comments on oral arguments are always a hoot, and usually very informative as well.
3.1.2006 12:03am
Lev:
But....if Vicki Lynn's breasts had no power, why did they end up in the US Soopreme Court?
3.1.2006 12:51am
Steve in CA (mail):
Excellent use of the term "jubblies."
3.1.2006 1:24am
Mr_Thorne (mail) (www):
Strikes me as one of Dahila's worst pieces. The circuitry of Ms. Smith? The woman exists or not depending on what she wears?

Definitely not Dalhia's finest
3.1.2006 1:36am
Mr_Thorne (mail) (www):
Strikes me as one of Dahila's worst pieces. The circuitry of Ms. Smith? The woman exists or not depending on what she wears?

Definitely not Dalhla's finest work. Not even close!
3.1.2006 1:36am
Pete Freans (mail):
It's safe to say that Ms. Smith doesn't entirely comprehend the underlining legal questions posed. Nevertheless, the Justices should give some consideration to the fact that Ms. Smith brought mammary-joy (intimidating at times, I'm sure) to a gentleman in the twilight of his life. That's worth something in this world, isn't it?
3.1.2006 8:11am
Dave:
I'm a big fan of Slate's supreme court coverage. Dahila Lithwick and Emily Bazelon both write great stuff about the Guantanamo cases.
3.1.2006 11:04am
SimonD (www):
My favorite Lithwick line remains her comment that "Scalia's greatest gift as a jurist is his ability to almost persuade anyone who differs with him on any issue, that it's merely due to the fact they are colossal and irredeemable morons."
3.1.2006 2:38pm