Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Judge to Blackwater attorneys: "Don't single-space!"

According to the Crime Scene Blog on the Washington Post, a D.C. federal district judge warned the attorneys representing criminal defendants in the Blackwater case that they need to comply with the court's standing order requiring that submissions be double-spaced.  Judge Ricardo Urbina found that defense counsel was circumventing the court's order - which requires all submissions to be double-spaced and use 12 point Times Roman or Courier font - as a way to cram more words into their memorandum.  The blog notes that the submission is under seal and thus its nature and content are unknown. 

In a brief order filed in the case, Judge Urbina stated that counsel should consider this a warning since he was "loath to strike their submission" but the next time they violate the court's rules, they will indeed be sanctioned.  You can read the Washington Post's full coverage of this story here as well as the online ABA Journal's coverage here.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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