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Federal Gents:

From the Westlaw summary of U.S. v. Alverez-Tejeda, 491 F.3d 1013 (9th Cir. 2007):

Holdings: ... (1) incident staged by federal gents was justified ...

I suspect they mean "federal agents," but I like "federal gents" better.

bittern (mail):
Okay, Eugene. What's the deal? What's Alberto up to today? What's all this fine wordplay put out to distract us from this time?
8.23.2007 7:33pm
Hattio (mail):
Federal agents are NOT gents.

Okay, I don't know that many federal agents because I mostly do State law cases. But I just couldn't pass that one up.
8.23.2007 7:34pm
Dave N (mail):
Unlike Hattio, my first thought was that they were both Officers and Gentlemen.
8.23.2007 7:43pm
Anderson (mail) (www):
"Ah believe it was those Federal gents that we sent runnin' at Fust Manassas ...."
8.23.2007 7:52pm
BobH (mail):
The incidents took place in upstate New York, in conjunction with a squad of local policewomen. Federal gents, meet Buffalo gals.
8.23.2007 8:03pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
bittern: I'm sure there are plenty of blogs out there who work hard to follow what Alberto is up to every day. I blog about what I want to blog about, and today it's been what you've seen.
8.23.2007 8:39pm
bittern (mail):
Oh, Eugene, I love your blog.
8.23.2007 8:42pm
bittern (mail):
EV, this is somehow the best spot for conversation in the whole wide blogosphere. You should be proud.

I was just being funny. One man's funny is another man's tedium. Sorry. Youse guys are quicker to jump all over one team's miss-steps than the other's, even when the latter look pretty serious and some of us would like to line up the perps and start shooting. So, you've got a flaw. Whoopee. You guys are great. That's all.
8.23.2007 9:04pm
PGofHSM (mail) (www):
Huh, I'd always assumed "gents" was an Anglo-Indicism because I'd only heard Indian people use it before (e.g., "The gents are eating later"). Judging by the familiarity of Volokh and the commenters, it's more widespread than I'd realized.
8.23.2007 9:05pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
bittern: Thanks, much appreciate the kind words, and sorry to have come across as peevish.
8.23.2007 10:58pm
aces:
Gents, huh? Well, they are called "G-Men."
8.23.2007 11:33pm
Visitor Again:
incident staged by federal gents was justified

The incident, which must have been indecent since it had to be justified, took place near the gents, the place where men go to relieve themselves. But I was unaware they have special federal gents, which presumably are for men with big ones--for big pricks.
8.24.2007 1:08am
liberty (mail) (www):
a bit late to add my comment, but it reminds me of a line in the newspaper that my mom loved so much as to include in her novel; it was about police storming a building and arresting "two ants"

(the line break made it easy to make the mistake of leaving out the "ten" from "tenants")
8.24.2007 12:18pm