A plain opinion and thin excuses
RALEIGH — It is a remarkable thing about court opinions: If you don't read them, you might not know what they say.
In fact, you might leave it to those diviners of all things legalese, those modern-day priests with their Latin phrases, the lawyers, to tell you what an opinion means.
Of course, the lawyers might be on the payroll of one side or other of the opinion, and their opinions about the opinion colored by the green in their wallets.
With that in mind, and with some apparent confusion regarding the recent state Supreme Court opinion outlawing video sweepstakes operations in this state, it is worth repeating some of the very plain language our justices used in coming to their conclusion.
Here is some of it:
• "What matters is that the General Assembly has identified a threat to the ...