U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin recently has gotten plenty of attention on blogs for writing orders chastising lawyers for their behavior. But he also has received some criticism himself over those orders from Edith Jones, chief judge of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which oversees the federal courts in the Lone Star State.

An email Jones sent to Sparks and judges in the Western District of Texas on Aug. 30 took the Austin trial court judge to task for the sharply worded orders. [See a Sparks order in the case.]