As this story illustrates, a district judge doesn't have the luxury to treat every case and every issue with the total attention it might theoretically deserve. District judges' busy dockets demand they get on with the job, and that often requires arriving at a tentative "common sense" solution to the underlying dispute presented by a case before they have had a chance to fully plumb every legal nicety. But there are two dangers in this approach that every district judge, in my experience, is aware of and tries to avoid. The first danger is to prejudge the case at or near the outset, by the judge's saying to himself "Oh, yes, it's one of those'X' kind of cases that I've seen before." A significant percentage of cases that seem at first blush to fit a familiar pattern prove, on reasonable inquiry, to be materially different from the familiar pattern, and a judge must therefore discipline himself not to jump to conclusions before he has heard enough of the evidence and arguments to know what the case is really about.