First Monday in October

May I come in, sir?
Of course. What the hell do
you think you're here for?

Thank you, sir.
Don't knock. It's highly unlikely
you'll ever catch me

on the couch with
Miss Radabaugh.

Yes, sir.
Well, we got one complaint about you.
You're too goddamn polite.

And stop being scared of me, Mason.
You got the job.

Yes, sir. Would you care for some tea,
Mr. Justice, or a Scotch?

Maybe I'd better have both. No, I don't
wanna overdo it. Forget the tea.

Yes, sir.
Now, this supports your position
on Abbott v. Omnitech.

Forget Omnitech.
But it's at the top of the order list.
- It's gonna get struck.
- Why?

My brave brethren on the court
are too chicken-hearted to hear it.

That's why. When I'm getting
ripped off, Mason,

I want to know who's doing the ripping.
How much can these multinational

monsters get away with?
I don't know. Neither do you,

because they hide
behind all those TV commercials,

saying how goddamn holy they are.
Even the C.J. Is scared
to hear Omnitech.

He says, "It's like telling God
you wanna examine the books."

Peace, up to a point.
Mason, the most dangerous
thing in the world is to be cautious.

People who fall down are the
ones who are afraid they'll trip.

- Take a chance.
- Yes, sir.

And don't always agree.
If you think I'm wrong and don't say so,

then what the hell good are you?
I like law clerks who argue with me.

Yes, sir. No, sir.
I mean, I'll try to do that, sir.
Not to do that, sir.

- What's this?
- Collins v. California, the kinky one

from the 9th Circuit, the Berkeley
student who wore a T-shirt that said

"Fuck the White House".
- Did he have his pants off?
- It doesn't say.

I don't see any clear and
present danger that he intended

to implement the opinion
of his T-shirt.

The 9th Circuit held it was
offensive to public sensibility.

Just being offensive
is not an offense.

One man's pornography
may be another man's poetry.