Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Sprint Telephony PCS v. City of San Diego (9th Cir. - March 13, 2007)

For a sharp contrast to the opinion by Judge Willie Fletcher that I lauded yesterday, read this opinion by Judge Bright (sitting by designation from the Eighth Circuit). Which is a 34-page snoozer that includes, inter alia, a full single-spaced page of clearly irrelevant historical details about who invented the radio (Marconi) and who invented the concept behind cell phones (Bell Labs scientist D.H. Ring).

It's not that I didn't like, at some level, reading this irrelevant stuff. I did. But it's definitely a different way of writing an opinion.

Anyway, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 can't be enforced though a Section 1983 action. Just thought you'd want to know. Oh, also, Felix Wankel invented the rotary engine. Not Barney Coopersmith.