Monday, March 12, 2007

U.S. v. Lopez (9th Cir. - March 12, 2007)

Sometimes people get footnote-happy when they write opinions. Like Judge Pollack, sitting by designation from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, does here.

Hosvoldo Lopez helps to get a car that had been used in an assault out of a parking lot at a Fred Meyers store, and the issue is whether or not probable cause existed to subequently stop him. Do we really need to include a 50-word footnote (footnote 2) that explains -- complete with citation -- that Fred Meyers is a Northwestern chain of department stores that recently merged with Kroger?

If so, how about also dropping a footnote in the next paragraph that explains that a Ford Taurus is a mid-sized, front-wheel drive vehicle that was formerly a best seller in the U.S. but lost that status to the Toyota Camry in 1997? Or, in that same paragraph, that a Ford Focus is a vehicle in which you'd rather be caught dead.

Just the facts, sir.