“93-year-old judge grows weary of 44-year-old housing bias case”

Only 44 years? By then a good case is just getting warmed up, right? Sixth Circuit Senior Judge Damon Keith has been hearing the Hamtramck, Mich. litigation since his days on the U.S. District Court, and is hoping it will be over soon. [ABA Journal]


  • Charles Dickens showed this scenario in Bleak House. The case was Jarndyce and Jarndyce which dragged on for generations.


  • Sounds like lawyer churning for fees. Happens in my state all the time with groups of lawyers stringing out suits against state or local government for decades, probably in collusion with the bureaucrats or state officers being sued by way of political contributions.
    Other variants on the same theme are green/environmental suits against government agencies in collusion with the agencies who happily pay the required attorney fees at the end of the affair when a consent judgement is obtained. Lawyers donate some back to the
    green org involved and all are good.

  • The system is working as designed, though not as advertised.