Minimalism may be the latest fad in Supreme Court reporting. Last year, Connecticut blogger Dan Schwartz issued a challenge to tweet a notable Supreme Court case in 140 characters or less. Now comes Supreme Court Haiku, delivering “the law of the land in seventeen syllables.”

At this site, you can find haiku about recent and historical cases and current and former justices, as well as about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Here, for example, is how the site sums up Justice William Brennan in 17 syllables:

    New Jersey native
    Vocal death penalty foe
    Liberal stalwart

And here is the 17-syllable take on Justice Antonin Scalia:

    Professor, then judge
    Shuns legislative intent

Why use haiku to write about the Supreme Court? Well, the blog’s author, Keith Jaasma, answers that question, of course, with a haiku:

    Some ask: Why haiku?
    Why seventeen syllables?
    No time for real blog

We can all relate to that.

David Giacalone, are you listening?

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