Solo’s Errant Spell-Check Causes ‘Sea Sponge’ Invasion

Apparently it is Microsoft’s fault that he doesn’t proofread the material that he submits to the court:

“Spell-checking on his computer is never going to be the same for Santa Cruz solo practitioner Arthur Dudley.

In an opening brief to San Francisco’s 1st District Court of Appeal, a search-and-replace command by Dudley inexplicably inserted the words “sea sponge” instead of the legal term “sua sponte,” which is Latin for “on its own motion.”

“Spell check did not have sua sponte in it,” said Dudley, who, not noticing the error, shipped the brief to court.”

http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1141207513219

Thanks to the folks at the Legal Writing Blog for the heads up.

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