Friday, February 17, 2006

One more thought on the UPEA opinion

State v. Holm, Case No. 20030847-SC, has been pending in the supreme court since it was argued on February 3, 2005. The court has been working on it for over a year.

The court issued UPEA thirty-seven days after argument. During that time, Justice Wilkins wrote fifty paragraphs for the majority comprising about twenty pages. Justices Parrish and Nehring also wrote lengthy concurrences arguing over whether the phrase "eligible to receive retirement benefits" is ambiguous. Justice Parrish wrote 31 paragraphs, seven of which were devoted to rebutting Justice Nehring's critique of her concurrence. Justice Nehring wrote 27 paragraphs, 18 of which were devoted to criticizing Justice Parrish's concurrence.


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