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James Ching

Practice Points: Dr. Schindler’s “Absolut Schrecklich” Supreme Court Petition Snares Howard Shipley, Or, Learned German Does Not Make Legal English

The problem is that if Schindler had been in propria persona, his own statements in a pleading, however inartfully pleaded, would be given reasonable leeway by a court. (See Haines v. Kerner, 404 US 520 (1971)) Was he better-off being nominally represented by a top-notch firm which gave him utter freedom in creating the content of a Petition for the Supreme Court, given that under Rule 14.4, the failure of a petitioner to present "with accuracy, brevity, and clarity whatever is essential to ready and adequate understanding of the points requiring consideration" is sufficient reason for the Court to deny a Petition?