Rogue High Court Citation May Spark Legal Writing Changes

By Carrie Garrison (March 11, 2021, 4:03 PM EST) -- On Feb. 25, Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court in Brownback v. King,[1] used the parenthetical "(cleaned up)" after a citation to denote the court's omission of quotations within quotations and the need for a quoting citation parenthetical, as dictated by Bluebook Rule 5.2.

This decision represents a rare and unique innovation in the field of legal writing and a win for appellate lawyer Jack Metzler, who first proposed the citation[2] in 2017 on #AppellateTwitter.

While seemingly mundane, the court's use of this citation format is significant, as it is the most notable change since the Supreme...

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