Just happened to be perusing one of Northern District Judge Maxine Chesney’s summary judgment orders today (as with copies of the New Yorker and the Economist, I know we all have a pile of Chesney opinions we’ve been meaning to catch up on). It is an employment discrimination case, and Chesney was evaluating whether a supervisor’s reference to “the dark side” had racial overtones.
Chesney thought not.
"'The dark side' is a well-known phrase in popular culture, having its origin in the first, 1977, ‘Star Wars’ film and pertaining to a dualistic philosophy,” she wrote. "See, generally, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_side_(Star_Wars) ("The dark side is portrayed as the evil aspect of the Force (by the Jedi Knights, who instead advocate using the light side of the force), the Manichean mystical energy which permeates the universe.")."
Fair enough, but Chesney’s recitation of Jedi theory seems a little earnest, don’t you think? Could this former prosecutor/state court judge/Northern District veteran have a secret vice? We’re not sure, but in case you feel the urge, Judge, check out Stormtroopers 365: One Year of Stormtrooping Action.