Yes, I know I read judicial decisions for a living, and as someone practiced in it my notion of whether reading one is “easy” may be different than someone who has never read one. But the Ninth Circuit’s decision on the immigration Executive Order is remarkably well-written and walks clearly through each and every issue before it. In fact it is so well-written that everyone, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, should be able to read it and understand what they are reading. And it’s of such importance that everyone should try to, so that when people debate and discuss it in the coming days everyone will be able to have an informed opinion about it.
What therefore follows is a guide to reading this decision, a roadmap that explains what you are reading to help make its pages seem less intimidating. Go on and give it a shot. The decision is a little long, but there’s not too much legal gobbledygook, and what there is I try to translate below.