Monday, March 06, 2006

Legal snark

When the judge quotes an Adam Sandler movie, you're pretty much screwed:

The court cannot determine the substance, if any, of the Defendant's legal argument, nor can the court even ascertain the relief that the Defendant is requesting. The Defendant's motion is accordingly denied for being incomprehensible. 1

1 Or, in the words of the competition judge to Adam Sandler's title character in the movie, "Billy Madison," after Billy Madison has responded to a question with an answer that sounded 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.

In re Richard Willis King, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas.


Anonymous said...

This is so funny, but I can't find the case on Lexis! Is there a cite?

Roonie said...

Those saucy judges.

maisnon said...

anonymous: Yeah, it's from an order - I considered Bluebooking the cite, but was overcome by laziness. From the caption of the order:

Order Denying Motion for Incomphrensibility

Bankr. Case No. 05-56485-C, Chapter 7
Adv. No. 05-5171-C

Roonie said...

Here's an article on Huffington Post about it.