We’re right based on some rationale, we’re pretty sure…

I enjoyed the quote from the end of the takings case that Eugene pointed to yesterday:

Another judge might find the magistrate judge’s opinion or this opinion inexact in this or that particular of constitutional law. Nonetheless, this Ordinance is an unmistakable, abusive, and coercive misapplication of governmental power, perpetrated to cynically evade the Constitution. The Ordinance cannot stand, whether for the precise reasons stated here or for a related reason.

Rare is he who not only thinks he’s right, but knows why he’s wrong if he’s wrong! If I’m wrong, surely I’m not wrong in such a way as to be reversed by the Eleventh Circuit. Might as well have said, for the benefit of case comment writers: Either this opinion is right, or it’s right for the wrong reasons.

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