11th CIRCUIT JUDGE COMMENTS ON OVERLONG 104 PAGE OPINION
Circuit Judge Edmondson, of the 11th Circuit concurred in the 105 page opinion of his fellow Judge Carnes in Holsey v. Warden, Georgia Diagnostic Prison, Appeals Court No. 09-14257, but stopped short of joining in what he called “Judge Carnes’s erudite opinion.” Commenting that the opinion was “longish”, Judge Edmondson noted that such long opinions present the “strong possibility of error lurking somewhere in the text.” Judge Edmondson also invoked Mark Twain in his first footnote of his concurrence, stating:
The shorter opinions often reflect the greater study and thought leading up to the ultimate decision. Mark Twain touched on a related idea: “If you want me to give you a two-hour presentation, I am ready today. If you want only a five-minute speech, it will take me two weeks to prepare.”
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