Tick, tick, tick. State Farm’s 30-day deadline to file an appeal started Thursday with the entry of this judgment in the Broussard case. But first, we’ll have to wait for those post-judgment motions State Farm promised.
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What do you think about the possibility that Judge Senter wrote a thin opinion deliberately? Most judges try to write ironclad opinions so that they cannot be appealed. However, after reading Judge Senter’s opinion, it seems that he is practically inviting further review.
That’s a good question, but honestly, if I suspected a judge was inclined to write less than his best opinion or invite being overturned by writing something poor on purpose, I would buy that judge a cup of decaf coffee and say it’s time to hang up the ol’ black robe, say goodbye to the portraits of Dick Cheney and George Bush in the courthouse and go on a permanent fishing vacation. I don’t suspect Senter wrote the opinion thinly on purpose — he’s got some smart clerks and he’s smart — I think this is the way he sees it and that he said as much as needed to be said to get the job done. One great thing about Senter, he’s very economical with words. I have no idea how much of the writing his clerks actually do, but if you look back at some of his older opinions from, say, the early 1990s, the style is the same, so I suspect he has a pretty big hand in the actual writing. No judge, federal or state, wants to be reversed at any time, they’d rather be caught wearing brown shoes with a tuxedo at the annual Federal Bar Association dinner. People keep stats on things like reversals, and a high reversal rate makes them look bad and in fact invites more appeals.