Defying hundreds of judges and lawyers, a U.S. Judicial Conference committee has endorsed a proposal that would make it easier for litigants to cite so-called unpublished opinions in federal court. The proposal faces formidable obstacles before becoming binding -- including approval by the full Conference and Supreme Court -- but the action is a key milestone. One committee dissenter was lawyer Sanford Svetcov, who called unpublished opinions "junk law."
Judicial Conference Group Backs Citing of Unpublished Opinions
April 15, 2004
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