by Dr. Mike Zachary
Dear Judge Goldsmith:
As a United States citizen, I have been closely following the 2016 presidential election. I was interested to read a news headline that your opinion in Stein vs. Thomas had effectively halted the recount in Michigan.
Wanting to read the source material myself, I was able to find your opinion online. After reading it, I felt compelled to write you to express my thanks. I am not writing because I agree with your decision, though I happen to do so.
I am writing to thank you for the elegance of your logic and the clarity of your prose. I am not a legal specialist in any sense. But by reading your opinion, I was able to read past the obligatory legal citation style and understand with clarity the reasoning behind your opinion.
Because you took the time to write this decision well, as I am sure is customary for a judge of your distinction, I felt comforted as a citizen. In a time when we sometimes get the feeling that too many things are politicized, I was able to understand the rule of law in the case. For that, I am grateful, and I wanted you to know.