One of our intrepid Commenters on my earlier post on the "ruler incident" mentions the 7th Circuit's remarkable treatise on brief formatting rules. Quite a work to behold.
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Pursuant to 5thCir. R. 32.2 and .3, the undersigned certifies that this brief complies with the type-volume limitations of Fed. R. App. P. 32(a)(7).1. EXCLUSIVE OF THE EXEMPTED PORTIONS IN 5thCir. R. 32.2, THEBRIEF CONTAINS 3,867 words.2. THE BRIEF HAS BEEN PREPARED in proportionally spaced typeface using Microsoft Word 98, in the following typeface name and font size: Times New Roman, 14 pt.3. THE UNDERSIGNED UNDERSTANDS THAT A MATERIAL MISREPRESENTATION IN COMPLETING THIS CERTIFICATE, OR A CIRCUMVENTION OF THE TYPE-VOLUME LIMITS IN FED. R. APP. P. 32(a)(7), MAY RESULT IN THE COURT'S STRIKING THE BRIEF AND IMPOSING SANCTIONS AGAINST THE PERSON SIGNING THE BRIEF. __________________________ Joseph D. Lonardo 07/11/2000 - 610053.v2
And a final point about brief length. One appellate judge explained that when he went to "do his business" he took a brief with him. When he was done with his business, he was done reading the brief, and he added, "I am a slow reader".