Wednesday, March 08, 2006

On being Billy Madison

A US bankruptcy judge in San Antonio, Leif M. Clark, denied a defendant's motion in February for "incomprehensibility," offering this hilarious analysis in his judgment's sole footnote:
in the words of the competition judge to Adam Sandler’s title character in the movie, “Billy Madison,” after Billy Madison had responded to a question with an answer that sounded superficially reasonable but lacked any substance,

"Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I've ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

Deciphering motions like the one presented here wastes valuable chamber staff time, and invites this sort of footnote.
Download the full, brief order here. Via CrimProf Blog.

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