If appellate briefs are wars of words, it would seem the lawyers for an imprisoned former state senator are asking for some arms control. Prosecutors recently filed a 281-page opening brief in an appeal challenging a 55-month sentence -- but defense lawyers are urging the 3rd Circuit to reject the brief, arguing it is simply too long, and saying "if briefing were to continue at this pace ... the court will be faced with nearly 1,500 pages of briefs totaling almost 300,000 words -- a sum nearly half again as long as Moby-Dick."
Convicted Politician's Attorneys Urge Federal Appeals Court to Bounce Big Brief
The Legal Intelligencer
July 15, 2010