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Monday, July 28, 2008

We Plead the Fifth

It is undeniable that, here at ContractsProf Blog, we love all things Rose the 2d of Aberlone.

And, we took great interest in this story, via Jeffrey Lipshaw at Legal Profession Blog:

As I'm still a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan, I get the Michigan Bar Journal (the repository of an article I wrote twenty-five years ago which was of no value whatsoever academically speaking, but that's another story). Well, it turns out that pretty little Kellogg Park, the Midwest equivalent of the town green, turns out to have all sorts of historic legal implications to it. The June, 2008 issue of the MBJ highlights the rededication of the Rose of Aberlone plaque in the park. As we all recall, Rose was the the breeder cow whose fertility or lack thereof was the subject of Sherwood v. Walker (Hiram of whiskey fame), the 1887 contract law chestnut.

Why a rededication of the Rose of Aberlone plaque? Apparently, vandals pilfered the original one. Prof Lipshaw would have done well to stop his reporting there. But, oh no, he goes on to point the finger at us and, it seems, in particular, one Professor Franklin Snyder:

Far be it from me to cast aspersions, but I think you will agree that the left side of this page [i.e, ContractProf Blog] contains a nice list of the usual suspects, particularly toward the top. So the criminal law clearly, it seems to me, has a place in the history of Kellogg Park.

We admit nothing beyond admiration for Rose and, in the spirit of a grand tradition, we feel compelled to otherwise exercise our Fifth Amendment right:

[Meredith R. Miller]

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