Saturday, April 15, 2006

On the late Justice Compton

The Washington & Lee website has this obituary for Senior Justice A. Christian Compton of the Virginia Supreme Court, on which he had served since 1974.

Some time ago, I met Chief Justice Hassell, who asked me if I had appeared before his Court, and I told him the following story about my second appearance before the Virginia Supreme Court:

Me: "Justice Compton glared at me and said, 'Mr. Minor, what you're saying can't possibly be true."

Chief Justice Hassell: "Then I bet it wasn't true."

Me: "You're right, the Court was unanimous on that point."

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