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Stahoviak 1 Todd Stahoviak Eng. 104 10-26-08 Expensive Grammatical Errors When writing any type of paper correct capitalization, spelling, and grammar are always a necessity to the quality of the work. Lawyer Adam Liptak, the National Legal Correspondent for the New York Times, shows how a judge lowered a lawyers fee for his services due to poor writing in the article “Judge Finds a Typo-Prone Lawyer Guilty of Bad Writing.” The article which first appeared in the New York Times, shows lawyers who do not put much effort into their filings and therefore get punished by the judge for doing so. The article relates the story to a federal judge in Philadelphia who reduced a lawyer’s request for fees; because his writings were inappropriate compared to court standards. The federal judge tries to reduce fees for a lawyer named Mr. Puricelli, who has had many errors in his filings. In Mr. Puricelli’s defense, there were still misspelled words, even though he knew this is why he is getting in trouble in the first place. Mr. Puricelli even spelt the magistrates name wrong in one of his letters; he addressed him as Jacon rather than Jacob. In once case, Magistrate Hart reduced Mr. Puricelli’s money awarded for winning the case from $430,000 to $354,000. Also, the defendant questioned the quality of his work and it was again reduced from $300 an hour to $150 an hour. Another judge named Gregory K. Orme chastised a lawyer named Stephen G. Homer for the use of all capitals, underline, bold, and excessive use
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