Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Shootin Straight in Texas

In a refreshingly frank, if not a little facetious Court Opinion, Judge Kent Cuts through the fluff and holds the attorneys to the standards we were trained to uphold. As referenced at jumbojoke, this is a real case. I wish we had a few more real cases like this.

Here is a sample from the Opinion:

Before proceeding further, the Court notes that this case involves two extremely likable lawyers, who have together delivered some of the most amateurish pleadings ever to cross the hallowed causeway into Galveston, an effort which leads the Court to surmise but one plausible explanation. Both attorneys have obviously entered into a secret pact -- complete with hats, handshakes and cryptic words -- to draft their pleadings entirely in crayon on the back sides of gravy-stained paper place mats, in the hope that the Court would be so charmed by their child-like efforts that their utter dearth of legal authorities in their briefing would go unnoticed. Whatever actually occurred, the Court is now faced with the daunting task of deciphering their submissions.

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