dilemmas confronting the judiciary can be exceedingly complex.
But even when sound judgement, rationality, and
knowledge of the law and precedent are deployed with great intellectual
force, Justice occasionally requires something more, something sly,
even subversive. The legal documents quoted
below are more than merely humorous, they establish a
connection from those who serve in the Temple of Justice, to those who
don't. This connection is a signal of mutual recognition, and
of common ownership of the law, and serves to legitimize the legal
process in the eyes of its subjects. It keeps the law from
taking itself too seriously, not like this introduction at all.