“We report. You decide.”

So says the always popular, rarely accurate Fox News.

Okay, that being the case, check out the July 16 edition of Lis on Law, authored by blow-dried blonde cupcake Lis Wiehl. There’s not much at all to the piece itself. It’s uncommonly silly flotsam about the common law tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress and its potential application to “bridezillas” who force their poor, long-suffering bridesmaids to endure all sorts of psychological horror.

The interesting statement, the one that now requires us to “decide,” appears in the second sentence of the final paragraph. There Ms. Wiehl tells us that the New York Court of Appeals is “the second highest court” in the state.

Aligned against Ms. Wiehl are the Court itself, which claims to be “New York State’s highest court”, and the long running television series Law and Order, from which we learn that New York’s highest court is indeed called the Court of Appeals. The show also tells us that trial courts are called “Supreme Court” and intermediate appellate courts are called the “Appellate Division” of the Supreme Court.

So then, Fox News has reported and we must decide. Is the New York Court of Appeals the highest or second highest court in that state? At issue is bragging rights, and maybe some hoity toity law stuff too, so get your votes in now!

H/T – The extraordinarily observant Wash Park Prophet, who apparently reads articles all the way to the end (even articles in the Opinion section of Fox News’ website)

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  • Sean  On July 25, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Speaking of WPP, how does Andy have time for lawyering? I’ve been meaning to ask him.

  • genghishitler  On July 26, 2008 at 11:23 am

    That’s a damn fine question, Sean. The man’s a blawgging machine!

  • ohwilleke  On July 29, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I plead the 5th, and besides, it’s a trade secret.

  • genghishitler  On July 29, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Damn, references to constitutional law and trade secret law all in a single ten-word sentence. Now that’s impressive! 😀

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