Friday, September 7, 2012

Lawyer Submits A Five-Page Brief — In Comic Book Form

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 1:22 PM

When faced with a five-page limit to file an amicus brief opposing the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust settlement with three e-book publishers, lawyer Bob Kohn decided to work around the problem by going in a more visual direction by submitting a five-page comic.

From the ABA Journal:

Bob Kohn tells Bloomberg and the New York Times Media Decoder blog that he opted for the unusual format after U.S. District Judge Denise Cote of Manhattan limited his brief to five pages. “I thought of the idea of using pictures which, as we know, paint a thousand words,” Kohn told Media Decoder.

He calls the cartoon a “graphic novelette” and says it complies with court rules requiring 12-point or larger type and one-inch margins, Bloomberg says. The illustrator attends school with Kohn's daughter, Katie, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies at Harvard.

The comic can be found here.

Unfortunately for Kohn, the brief didn't have much of an effect — Cote approved the settlement in an opinion that quoted an Emily Dickinson poem.

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