October 14, 2007 8:46 PM Subscribe
Blackburn makes manifest a propensity for turgid language. Not content with foisting “cockalorum” (meaning, boastful talk), “froward” (willfully disobedient) and “mordaciously” (bitingly) on the reader, he may be the first judge to use both “contumelious” (scornful) and “contumacious” (pigheaded) in the same opinion.
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Judge Robert E. Blackburn's ruling [pdf]
granting a motion for a new trial based on attorney misconduct is an interesting read for those who enjoy the use of uncommon, flowery and "big" words.
The site where I found the above story, is full of interesting legal cases, both serious
, and those that fall somewhere in between, like the case of a man who sued 1-800-FLOWERS
, the online florist, for causing him "anguish" by revealing his extramarital affair to his wife.