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Dear Judge Reinhardt …

Memo to Ninth Circuit judge Stephen Reinhardt:

When you join Judge Christen’s majority opinion in a case and also join Judge Berzon’s concurring opinion (which is not an opinion merely concurring in the judgment and which expressly states that Berzon “join[s] fully in the majority opinion”), there is no point in writing your own concurring opinion that says nothing more than:

I concur in Judge Christen’s majority opinion. I also concur in Judge Berzon’s concurring opinion. I am in complete agreement with both Judge Christen’s and Judge Berzon’s views.

If I may be of any further assistance as you begin to familiarize yourself with the basics of the judicial craft after your 36 years of judicial abuses, please let me know.

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