Legal links/Juristische Links

U.S. Supreme Court justices on legal writing I saw a brief reference to this recently - it was in the WSJ blog, headed Supreme Court Justices on Writing: Say it Simply. But after skimming it and reading this, I gave up:
Chief Justice John Roberts prefers the use of “that” over “which,” feeling that the latter term “slows you down.” He says: “That just seems to have a better pace to it.” Justice Antonin Scalia offers a useful tip for knowing whether your are using silly legalese. “If you used the word at a cocktail party, would people look at you funny? You talk about ‘the instant case’ or ‘the instant problem.’ That’s ridiculous,” Scalia told Garner. Justice Kennedy doesn’t like briefs that turn nouns into verbs: “I ‘task’ you or I was ‘tasked’ with this assignment.”
Is that all they have to say for themselves, I wondered. I overlooked the 194-page PDF file I now find via Mark Liberman's post on Language Log, The snoot and the Geechee ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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