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March 10, 2009

Noted Paragon of Clarity Twits Congress

In the "Pox on Both Your Houses" category:

Unfortunately, context does not help us here. Section 1546(a) is certainly not a model of good draftsmanship; a better description would be that it is a masterpiece of obfuscation. Indeed, with this section, Congress has achieved in a single 124-word sentence a level of confusion it usually takes pages to create.

That's from the Ninth Circuit today (PDF), in a case otherwise not worth mentioning.

I hope it brightened your day as much as it did mine.


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