Thursday, November 02, 2006

Writing poorly: a judge takes drastic action

One lawyer's trial brief was so poorly written that it prompted a judge to call it extremely sloppy, intentionally misleading, and "dead wrong." The judge ordered the lawyer to show cause why sanctions should not be applied under Rule 11. But worst of all, and certainly causing what I call "a long walk back to the office," the judge also ordered the lawyer to bring a supervisor to court "to discuss the overall poor quality of [the] brief in terms of content, organization, and issues not included that should have been." Hernandez v. N.Y. City Law Dept. Corp. Counsel, 1997 WL 27047 *14 n.11 (S.D.N.Y. 1997).

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