Thursday, March 2, 2006
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]