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Thursday, March 2, 2006

The Dangers of Spell Check

Just for fun, Paul Caron of TaxProfBLog points to an amusing article in law.com discussing the dangers of spell check.  According to the article a solo practicioner replaced sua sponte (latin for "on its motion") with sea sponge throughout his brief.  This lead to some great sentences, such as:

That left the justices reading -- and probably laughing at -- such classic statements as: "An appropriate instruction limiting the judge's criminal liability in such a prosecution must be given sea sponge explaining that certain acts or omissions by themselves are not sufficient to support a conviction."

And: "It is well settled that a trial court must instruct sea sponge on any defense, including a mistake of fact defense."

Oops!  Never rely solely on spell check. [bm]

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