Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Famous footnotes

Image result for duck-rabbitPicking up on how Judge Boasberg recently invoked the "excessive footnotes" rule to strike a brief, the National Law Journal presents Most Memorable Footnote? Here's What a Few Lawyers Told Us. Yes, the article has some good anecdotes, but they're mostly from beltway players. What about, say, California?! It's a big state on the other side of the country, with a lot of litigation. And we have our own famous footnotes too! To those who ignore the West Coast, we urge a peek at the infamous People v. Arno (1979) 90 Cal.App.3d 505, fn. 2. And for those of a philosophical bent, check out Perry v. Robertson (1988) 201 Cal.App.3d 333, 355, fn. 1.