In this commentary, appellate litigator Howard J. Bashman examines decisions by 7th Circuit Judges Richard A. Posner and Frank H. Easterbrook and their response to attorneys who fail to comply with circuit rules or the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In one particular majority opinion of note, Posner asked rhetorically, "Are we being fusspots and nitpickers in trying ... to enforce rules?" Bashman provides his own answer to that question.
Commentary: Have 7th Circuit Judges Gone Off the Deep End?
Special to Law.com
December 11, 2006