Judges,  Legal Writing

Another Example of Judicial Writing I’d Like to Try

Boy, how I’ve been tempted at times to write something like this.  But judges can get away with things in opinions that lawyers dare not put in briefs.  From the Seventh Circuit’s Judge Posner:

The complaint is a hideous sprawling mess, 40 pages in length with 221 paragraphs of allegations.  We have found it difficult and in many instances impossible to ascertain the nature of the charges. . . . [T]he defendants can hardly be blamed for wanting to strangle the monster in its crib.

The case is In re Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC Mortgage Servicing Litigation, case no. 06-3132 (7th Cir., June 22, 2007).  Thanks to Legal Writing Prof Blog.