I think this is one of the funniest judicial excerpts I’ve read to date. Three cheers for dry wit.
If there were a book on the subject of Appellate Game Theory (there is not), this appeal could furnish rich examples for a chapter inevitably entitled “Diversionary Appellate Strategies” or “How to Finesse the Flaw of Immateriality.” . . . Lost in the din of battle may be the more pertinent and dispositive question of, “Does it really make any difference, one way or the other?” . . . Far from being inelegant, therefore, it should be the prime directive of appellate inquiry constantly to ask, “So what?” It is never out of place to question materiality. Wood v. State, 196 Md. App. 146, 151-52 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2010).