Happy Thanksgiving, from your friends at Above the Law. As always, we give thanks to our readers, our tipsters, our advertisers, and even our commenters.

We also give thanks to Judge Richard Posner. This brilliant and hilarious jurist has just given us something to chuckle over as we munch on our Thanksgiving turkey.

This opinion by Judge Posner, handed down yesterday, could be viewed as “giving the bird” to an offending attorney. And the bird in question is not a turkey. Can you guess which bird is involved?

It’s the ostrich — in the words of Judge Posner, “a noble animal” (unlike one of the lawyers involved in this case).

Check out the conclusion of Judge Posner’s opinion for the Seventh Circuit in Gonzalez-Servin v. Ford Motor Co. (via How Appealing; Seventh Circuit opinions can be tricky to link to, but Howard Bashman always gets it right):

Wow. And yes, the images appear in the original opinion.

This year, give thanks that you are not David “Mac” McKeand. Happy Thanksgiving!

UPDATE (11/28/11): You can check out McKeand’s cheeky response to Judge Posner over here.

P.S. Programming note: We’ll return to our normal publication schedule on Monday, November 28. Between now and then, we’ll play it by ear in terms of how much we write: we might post a lot, or a little, or nothing at all, depending on how we feel and what the news cycle is like. (Of course, if this news drops on Friday, we will cover it.)

Gonzalez-Servin v. Ford Motor Co. [U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit via How Appealing]
David “Mac” McKeand [Martindale.com]


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