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I'm Extraordinary Writ, and I'd like to thank you for visiting. I do my best to be neither cumbersome nor worthy of disfavor.

I'm particularly interested in law, politics, and history, although my content work tends to focus primarily on American legal history. You can see some of the articles that I've worked on above. At the moment, I'm rewriting (slowly) our article on Wiley Rutledge, a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court known for his passionate defenses of civil liberties. I also occasionally review content at DYK, GAN, URFA/2021, and FAC. On the more mundane side, I've added a copious number of short descriptions, and I do plenty of old-fashioned wikignoming. The more metapedian side of me enjoys closing and/or contributing to discussions at AfD, MfD, DRV, and RM, initiating proposed deletions, reverting vandalism, reviewing new pages, drafts, and pending changes, and dabbling in a wide variety of other areas that catch my fancy. Regrettably, I'm not infallible, so if you feel I've made a mistake, or if you just want to get in touch, always feel free to leave a message (and/or a trout) on my talk page and I'll try to get back to you. I'm also available via email for sensitive matters, or I can simply be summoned with a ping. Cheers!

More exciting facts about Extraordinary Writ

  • He's mysterious: "The specific origins of the extraordinary writs are unknown."[1]
  • He's very dangerous: "Applying for an extraordinary writ is a risky avenue to travel down....In considering whether to apply for the writ, lawyer X will be convinced that nothing will arouse judge Y's ire more quickly than having an extraordinary writ issued against her."[2]
  • He's actually a watermelon: "[A case] involving an extraordinary writ is analogous to a watermelon....A petition for an extraordinary writ is comparable to a watermelon because a watermelon is not a fruit. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, a watermelon is a vegetable. Thus, just as a watermelon seems like a fruit, a petition for an extraordinary writ seems like a procedure for an interlocutory appeal. In reality, however, the watermelon is a vegetable, not a fruit, and a petition for an extraordinary writ is a vehicle for obtaining immediate review of certain actions by the court below, not a true interlocutory appeal of the underlying case."[3]

>Low pending changes backlog: 5 pages according to DatBot as of 03:45, 28 January 2022 (UTC)


  1. ^ Hanus, Jerome J. (1968). "Certiorari and Policy-Making in English History". American Journal of Legal History. 12 (2): 71. doi:10.2307/844382. ISSN 0002-9319.
  2. ^ Benham, Samuel K. (2010). "Judicial Purgatory: Strategies for Lawyers". Drake Law Review. 58 (2): 597.
  3. ^ Sloan, Amy E. (Fall 2005). "Appellate Fruit Salad and Other Concepts: A Short Course in Appellate Process". University of Baltimore Law Review. 35 (1): 51, 57–58.
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