Judge Posner Slams Courts' Use Of 'Stale, Opaque' Jargon

Law360, Los Angeles (May 19, 2016, 1:07 AM EDT) -- The opinionated Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner on Tuesday weighed in against the use of legal jargon and convoluted rhetoric, even by the U.S. Supreme Court, using a concurring opinion affirming a Wisconsin man's jury conviction for selling prescription drug ingredients on the internet to slam “stale, opaque” legal writing.

Judge Posner, concurring in a three-judge panel’s decision to affirm the conviction of Wisconsin resident Shontay Dessart on charges of selling the ingredients of prescription drugs over the internet, agreed that Dessart could not escape his conviction by arguing that a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigator lacked probable cause....

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