2005 Fall, 10. KENISONEIAD.

AuthorBar Journal Author - Attorney Martin L. Gross

New Hampshire Bar Journal


2005 Fall, 10.


New Hampshire Bar Journal Volume 46, No. 3, Pg. 10 Fall 2005 KENISONEIAD Bar Journal Author - Attorney Martin L. Gross

0, Virgil sang of arms and men,

"Aeneid" was the name;

The hero was Aeneas,

and his travels were the theme.

The poem took twelve books to trace a trip

from Troy to Rome

Along the way fair Dido

gave him respite from the foam.

Our epic sings of law and men

(In combat much the same);

Our hero's name is Kenison,

and cases are the game.

We also travel, but through years -

our hero stayed at home.

His Dido's named Loretta

'twas good reason not to roam!


(1946 - 1951)

We open up in 'Forty-six,

with his appointment made

(The game of naming judges then

was not so roughly played)

Our man quite promptly showed his thanks

to those who put him there,

By holding that election ads

must have rates fair and square.(fn1)

He struck a blow for property

and did away with "straws",(fn2)

But ruled against cheap cigarettes

(our hero smoked cigars).(fn3)

On cause of scrotal hernia

he pondered and he mused,(fn4)

While Peeping Toms who sang their songs,

did not have rights abused.(fn5)

  1. Chronicle & Gazette Publ. Co. Inc. v. Attorney General, 94 N.H. 148 (1946), upholding a statute limiting political advertising rates to those no higher than regular commercial rates.

  2. Therrien v. Therrien, 94 N.H. 66 (1946), holding that a woman could directly convey her property to herself and her husband jointly, without first deeding out to a third party.

  3. McIntire & Borofsky, 95 N.H. 174 (1948), upholding a statute prohibiting the advertising and sale of cigarettes below cost.

  4. Rivard v. I. F. McElwain, 95 N.H. 100 (1948), ruling that death caused by strangulated hernia was compensated under the Workmen's Compensation Law. "Men, like machines, may suddenly break down."

  5. In Re Moulton, 96 N.H. 370 (1950), rejecting a claim of unconstitutional self-incrimination where an alleged sexual psychopath had voluntarily given information to medical experts about himself and his activities.


    (1951 -1955)

    Hail to the Chief! In Fifty-two

    our hero's noble rear

    Did now support the rest of him

    Upon the center chair.

    He'd earlier told Jehovah's folks

    that parks were not their right.(fn6)

    As Primus, he would then decree

    when day turned into night.(fn7)

    A minor who had married wrong

    at leisure could repent, (fn8)

    And duty flowed to dear old Dad

    through payment of some rent!(fn9)

    The spousal share for bliss but brief

    a fortune hunter earned,(fn10)

    And William Loeb must offer work

    to an ad-man he had spurned.(fn11)

  6. State v. Derrickson, 97 N.H. 91 (1951), affirming conviction of Jehovah's witnesses for using a park without a permit, on the ground that the City could exclude all religious observances from parks "under a system that is administered fairly and without bias or discrimination".

  7. LePage v. Theberge, 97 N.H. 375 (1952), interpreting a statute requiring tail lights "at night" to mean one-half hour after sunset.

  8. Powell v. Powell, 97 N.H. 301 (1952), allowing a petition for annulment of marriage on account of nonage, even after the petitioner had reached the age of consent and had stipulated for temporary support payments.

  9. Brosor v. Sullivan, 99 N.H. 305 (1954), classifying as a "business invitee" an elderly man who suffered fatal injury when he slipped and fell on a loose rug on the way to his room in his daughter's house, due to his payment for room and board.

  10. Patey v. Peaslee, 99 N.H. (1955), denying an attempt by heirs at law to bar the rights of the decedent's surviving husband, where at the time of the marriage, the decedent had been mentally incompetent and suffering from an in-curable disease, and where the husband's subsequent con-duct allegedly hastened her death (which occurred twenty-two days after the marriage).

  11. McLaughlin v, Union Leader Corporation, 99 N.H. 492 (1955), upholding judgment for Union-Leader advertising manager who had been put on indefinite leave of absence and replaced...

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