Wednesday, August 19, 2015

How not to do a table of authorities

Here's a pro per appellant meeting the fate of so many...
We affirm the judgment. [Appellant] has failed to provide citations to legal authority in his brief and he has not presented us with reasoned arguments in support of his contentions. Therefore, he has waived all of his claims on appeal.
The court calls out the appellant for many of the usual "this doesn't come close to being an opening brief" flaws, including that picky requirement for citing legal authority. How do we know appellant didn't cite any authority, well footnote 2 says it all:
In his table of authorities, [Appellant] notes that “[t]here are no authorities cited” in his opening brief. The reply brief states “None.”
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