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It was a dark and stormy court

sam-spade.jpgI’m not particularly a fan of Chief Justice Johnny, but the noir opening to his dissent in Pennsylvania v. Dunlap, about a drug arrest and probable cause issues, is pretty solid:

Officer Sean Devlin, Narcotics Strike Force, was working the morning shift. Undercover surveillance. The neighborhood? Tough as a three-dollar steak. Devlin knew. Five years on the beat, nine months with the Strike Force. He’d made fifteen, twenty drug busts in the neighborhood.
Devlin spotted him: a lone man on the corner. Another approached. Quick exchange of words. Cash handed over; small objects handed back. Each man then quickly on his own way. Devlin knew the guy wasn’t buying bus tokens. He radioed a description and Officer Stein picked up the buyer. Sure enough: three bags of crack in the guy’s pocket. Head downtown and book him. Just another day at the office.

But where’s the gal with the gams that just wouldn’t quit?

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The neighborhood? Tough as a three-dollar steak. I died.

I wanted to be a crime writer. But life in the third world forced me to try and dedicate my life to the Law. I think I'll become a court member and do both. Thank you so much for the inspiring entry.