Posner Calls Bluebook 'Rubbish' In Legal Profession Critique

By Dani Meyer (March 29, 2016, 6:34 PM EDT) -- All copies of the Bluebook should be burned, Seventh Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner recommended in a recent article critiquing the legal system, calling it "560 pages of rubbish" and a "terrible time waster" since readers only pay attention to whether they can find the cited material and not to the format of citations.

Judge Posner pointed out in his article titled "What is Obviously Wrong With the Federal Judiciary, Yet Eminently Curable," first published March 14 in the Winter 2016 edition of law journal The Green Bag, that Wikipedia contains a summary of his criticisms of the citation style guide...

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