11th Circuit Cites Bleak House!


In a case involving discrimination against black Birmingham fire fighters that has been before the 11th Circuit innumerable times over its 30-year history, the Court name checks Charles Dickens:

see also CHARLES DICKENS, BLEAK HOUSE 4–5 (Pollard & Moss 1884) (“[The case] drones on. This . . . suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. . . . Innumerable children have been born into the cause; innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old people have died out of it. Scores of persons have deliriously found themselves made parties . . . without knowing how or why . . . . [It] still drags its dreary length before the court . . . .”).

I love this, but how can you bracket and insert “[The case]” and not actually reference Jarndyce and Jarndyce?The case name has to be one of the more famous in all literature, no?

It’s like replacing Atticus Finch with “[Counsel for Defendant].”

Otherwise nicely done.