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Friday, October 19, 2007

Adventures in Footnotes

Justice Jewett is ready to rule. But I don't always agree with the majority.

My favorite dissent doesn't have much to do with legal points. Instead, i'm attached to one particular dissent because of a wild case of footnote-ism. 19 in just over four pages. Here's a breakdown of what each footnote accomplished:

1. invitation for appeal
2. sarcasm
3. scold plaintiff
4. additional information
5. additional information
6. clarify
7. idealism
8. clarify
9. scold plaintiff
10. cite Wikipedia
11. self-promotion
12. again, cite Wikipedia
13. clarify
14. perspective
15. defend
16. hedge
17. joke
18. cite a cheesey website
19. cite case law