What’s harder to put into words is the relationship of a trusted lawyer and an investigative reporter. Michael was born in Berlin and came to America as a three-year-old Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, just before the Second World War. His sense of time and place remained impeccable. He spent his career resolving disputes and, if that were impossible, making them go away. I spent my career creating disputes and doing all I could to keep them alive. Michael’s favorite word was vanilla, by which he meant: Let’s not rush to judgment about who did what to whom, and whether it was an outrage; slow down. That wasn’t the same as doing nothing: an injustice, if real, had to be rectified, but carefully.” —Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker, http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/10/a-reporters-lawyer.html
The New York Times’ Adam Liptak previews an unusually interesting upcoming docket for the U.S. Supreme Court. The highlights for me -
Hosanna-Tabor Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, No. 10-553, the court will consider whether a Michigan school run by a Lutheran church is subject to a federal law banning discrimination based on a disability. The church fired a teacher with narcolepsy who was a commissioned minister but taught mostly secular subjects.”
Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, No. 10-1293, which concerns “fleeting expletives” uttered by giddy celebrities at awards shows and partial nudity on the old ABC drama “NYPD Blue.
FCC v. Fox is potentially especially entertaining for the opportunity for counsel to slip some fleeting expletives into their own arguments, as they did in the oral argument before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals broadcast on C-SPAN.