Derelictions of Duty” by Martin L. Haines shows precisely why some judges shouldn’t write their own stuff. This piece was disorganized, verbose, internally contradictory and jejune.

What made it jejune is the writer’s naive belief that thelaw will be improved if only judges write a published opinionin every case. Too many opinions, encompassing every fact patternthat comes along, can actually create uncertainty in the law by raising the inevitable conflicts and ambiguities that arise in drafting — particularly hurried drafting.