Legal Writing

A New Contender for Worst Legal Brief

In considering whether something could be the "worst legal brief" ever filed, we have to recognize that there are different kinds of badness. Many briefs are filed every year by people who are, evidently, insane. If it is fair to…


Judge Rules Pizza Slice Is a “Solid Object”

A Pennsylvania statute provides: Whoever intentionally throws, shoots, drops or causes to be propelled any solid object, from an overpass or any other location adjacent to or on a roadway, onto or toward said roadway shall be guilty of a…


Another Defect in Virginia’s Reckless-Driving Statutes

Apparently you can be convicted of reckless driving in Virginia even if you weren't driving. As I wrote the other day, a Virginia man was acquitted of reckless driving recently after his attorney noticed that there was an "at" missing…






An Even Longer Sentence Has Been Found

I hope that since April 26 you have been able to spend some time contemplating the stupendous ginormitude of the one sentence that comprises the Mittal Steel Point order, each of its 538 words so carefully chosen and placed with…


Longest Known Sentence in a Legal Document?

Your assignment for this week is to diagram the following sentence, which appeared in a recent order issued by the U.S. Court of International Trade: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) having misread this court’s opinion…