Thursday, May 18, 2006

The infield fly rule and the common law: who is Pluck the Wonder Chicken?

For a discussion of the wonders of English and American jurisprudential style---its adaptability, its slow but steady solution of pesky problems, its gentlemanliness---see
The Common Law Origins of the Infield Fly Rule, 123 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1474 (1975). Very funny: the very first footnote is to the word "the," and the most mysterious footnote is in a discussion of tricksiness, and how the infield fly rule was designed to avoid it: the footnote text is "See, e.g., Pluck (the Wonder Chicken)." A jab at someone, perhaps? Google reveals nothing...

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