Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Plagiarism in a brief

Frith v. State, 325 N.E.2d 186 (Ind. 1975)

A lawyer was reprimanded for copying ten pages out of an ALR annotation into his brief. The opinion in that case contained this subtle statement after pointing out the plagiarism in the brief:
We make this point so that when the compensation for Appellant['s] . . . attorney is fixed some consideration may be given to the way in which the Brief in this case was prepared. We have, however, waded through this voluminous brief. In spite of the brief-writer's disregard for [our rules of appellate procedure], we have considered Appellant's legal arguments as if they had been properly presented to this Court.

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