Thursday, June 21, 2007

No more cards and letters, please -- we have found the term's best footnote

In legal writing circles, there is quite a contentious on-going debate about the use of textual footnotes. Justice Breyer refuses to use footnotes at all. But love 'em or hate 'em, you've got to admire footnote 1 in CAAF's opinion in United States v. Jameson, __ M.J. ___, No. 06-0881/MC, slip op. at 3 n.1 (C.A.A.F. June 21, 2007): "1 J├Ągermeister is a strong, 70-proof, alcoholic beverage flavored
with herbs."

And to have this footnote defining a type of alcoholic beverage in a case called "Jameson" makes it even more delicious. Cheers!

1 comment:

Jason Grover said...

While I agree with your position, I would point out that this is a very small circle indeed.