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Thursday, April 04, 2019

Social Media Punctuation Reaches the Federal Courts

Today the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion in EMW Women's Surgical Center v. Beshear, which upheld a state statute regulating abortion. Judge Donald issued a dissent, which concluded with "I dissent!"

We used to focus on whether dissents said "I respectfully dissent" as opposed to "I dissent." Now we must consider whether a period or an exclamation point is used. After that, I suppose there will be "I DISSENT." Or "I DISSENT!"  Or "I DISSENT!!!!"

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on April 4, 2019 at 09:34 PM | Permalink

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Once judges start writing with speech-to-text, get prepared to read opinions ended with "I'd innocent."

Posted by: Derek Tokaz | Apr 5, 2019 10:16:24 AM

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