Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Appendix Is Not a Body Part

United States v. Robert White, No. 06-1769 (December 19, 2006): Defense counsel presented a seriously inadequate appendix to the opening brief and, worse, signed a certificate that the appendix was complete and in compliance with the rules. The Court re-emphasized that the appendix is not a mindless formality; it serves an important purpose. After affirming the conviction and sentence, the Court entered a rule to show cause why counsel should not be sanctioned in the amount of $1,000.00.