As lawyers know, judicial opinions written by panels of judges often are not unanimous. A judge who disagrees with the majority opinion generally writes a dissent. Judge Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, has taken it to another level. In the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in Garfias-Rodriguez v. Holder, ---F.3d ---, No. 09-72603, 2012 WL 5077137 (9th Cir. October 19, 2012), an immigration case, Judge Kozinski wrote a dissenting opinion “disagreeing with everyone.” Who needs a plain ’ole dissenting opinion? Not Judge Kozinski.
As someone who frequently disagrees with everyone, I find the description of this dissent especially funny.