Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Here is why more judges should add in footnotes from movies.
One might similarly praise the plain English of Bankruptcy Judge Leif Clark, who recently shot down "for being incomprehensible" a "Motion to Discharge Response to Plaintiff's Response to Defendant's Response Opposing Objection to Discharge." Clark added a footnote:
Or, in the words of the competition judge to Adam Sandler's title character in the movie, "Billy Madison," after Billy Madison had responded to a question with an answer that sounded superficially reasonable but lacked any substance,
Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I've ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Deciphering motions like the one presented here wastes valuable chamber staff time, and invites this sort of footnote.
I love it. Perhaps, with the addition of a clear-writing man like John Roberts to the high Court, we can look forward to more well-written decisions.