Laws control the lesser man, right conduct controls the greater. -Mark Twain
I STARTED at volume one, case number one, page one of 1 L.Ed.2d 1. Lawyers Edition is the publication in competition with the actual United States Supreme Court Reports. Beginning with Ball 1, Ball being the Supreme Court Clerks name, to 1956 when Volume 2 of Lawyers Edition began, is where I started. It was like chopping thru the Amazon jungle with a Webster's and Blacks Dictionary as machete's. I literally had to look up three or four words in every case and read it at least five or six times. Time is the great equalizer, and I had plenty of it after I placed guys in charge of everything that had to be done. Everyone they placed in charge of an Inmate Law Library is like handing a criminal a debit card with no limit, they rob the joint blind by charging and arm and a leg for badly articulated and poorly drafted petitions, that, set forth complaints which rarely afford relief. As long as I didn't charge anyone, I was in like Flynt. Right?
RIGHT ABOUT the time I began my improbable quest to read a hundred and twenty volumes of US Supreme Court decisions in fourteen months (How much time you would serve back then for a dirty THC UA), one of the awfullest, nastiest cases made it's way to the Supreme Court (SCOTUS). I'm talking the kind of case where Harvard Law professors lay down their pocket protector's and fist fight's in the classroom and pissing matches out back.
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