Friday, June 17, 2011

Poor Writing Has Legal Implications: Lawyer’s Motion Objects to Opponent’s Use of Possessives

Lawyer’s Motion Objects to Opponent’s Use of Possessives

Posted in ABA Journal Law News by Debra Cassens Weiss on June 15, 2011

A Missouri lawyer is taking aim at his opponent’s legal drafting skills in a motion that criticizes the “long-winded” allegations and use of apostrophes.
Springfield lawyer Richard Crites represents a probation officer accused in a civil suit of harassing and humiliating a former teacher who pleaded guilty to statutory rape in 2009. Crites’ motion criticizes Anissa Bluebaum, the lawyer who filed the civil suit on behalf of ex-teacher Alison Peck, the Springfield News Leader reports in a story that quotes from his motion.
"This petition is the worst example of pleading that the defendant's attorney has ever witnessed or read," Crites wrote the a motion seeking clarification of the allegations. He included an eight-page list of questions. More.
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