Friday, December 07, 2007

Neighbors in Support v. County of Tuolumne (Cal. Ct. App. - Dec. 7, 2007)

Justice Wiseman typically writes -- and hence knows -- better than to begin an opinion with the following sentence: "We begin by stating the question presented in this case."

Just state the question. Or conclusion. Or anything else, for that matter.

Don't introduce your opinion by saying "There is a question presented by this case. Wait for a sentence and I'll tell you what it is. Then I'll answer it." We sort of figured that much out even before we began reading.

I know that Justice Wiseman can write better than this. As I said, e.g., here. (P.S. - Was I right or what about People v. Castro? Review of which was granted by the California Supreme Court last year.)