Sunday, January 5, 2014


   File:Brandeisl.jpg  INTRODUCING OUR NEW (TO US ANYWAY, HE HAS ACTUALLY BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK A FEW TIMES) LEGAL CORRESPONDENT, LOUIS BRANDEIS, FORMER ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT FROM 1916 to 1939.  He has actually been dead for quite a while but recently Namazu made a trip up to DC while visiting with his cousin Jack in and around Annapolis. Both Namazu and Jack had assumed their human forms when they bumped into the ghost of Brandeis on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building. Apparently former demigods can see  and communicate with the dead and according to Namazu, Brandeis immediately recognized not only Namazu as a demigod but could see right through his assumed human form and being an excellent student of Asian history knew exactly who he was and that his normal form was that of a Giant Catfish. Cousin Jack however was a mystery to the good Judge. However Justice Brandeis is such a scholar that even Namazu withstood the temptation to exclaim..."You don't know Jack?!". Well as things go with the big catfish the friendly banter quickly turned to things maritime, in this case admiralty law. As it turned out not only has Justice Brandeis participated and written opinions in many an admiralty case, but he was actually interested in doing some writing for publication again. Of course being a ghost we can't use  the hydrophones like we do with Namazu. But Namazu generously agreed to transcribing from Justice Brandeis' dictation. Tomorrow the Justice will hold forth on his first scholarly article in decades. Meanwhile we thought that we'd let the Great Namazu introduce our guest corespondent.

Johnas Presbyter, Editor


 Greetings bipeds! I am very pleased to introduce our readers to my new friend, a real gentleman and scholar, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Louis Brandeis. Louis was born November 13, 1856 and departed physical life on October 5, 1941. In between entry and departure from the planet he served the law of the United States. He literally coined the term "right to privacy" in one of his early law journal articles. He was known as something of a "Robin Hood lawyer" taking up many social justice causes pro bono before he was nominated to the Supreme Court bench over heavy opposition. Concerning that heavy opposition Justice William O. Douglas said "Brandeis was a militant crusader for social justice whoever his opponent might be. He was dangerous not only because of his brilliance, his arithmetic, his courage. He was dangerous because he was incorruptible. . . [and] the fears of the Establishment were greater because Brandeis was the first Jew to be named to the Court."  His nomination over came the opposition and Louis was seated on the Supreme Court which is of course making a long story short`. In our conversation on the court house steps Louis spoke eloquently about his concern for the American seaman. He has graciously agreed to provide us with an occasional post providing tips to the lawyers of injured American Seamen. Johnas and Og were thrilled to have him aboard since we've been needing a legal analyst and as a ghost he seems to have few monetary demands and most of his images are in t he public domain. We should have his first post up tomorrow.


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