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Error in the Court Report: Legal Publishing

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A Law Librarian Blog July 27, 2010, post was interesting on several counts:

It May Be Just One Letter But … When West Refuses to Correct Scopes v. Tennessee Because of “Cost,” I Think We Have a Problem

1) Yes, the writer is correct. The error should be corrected.

2) Yes, the first Comment writer is also correct, as anyone with a long, detailed To Do List knows. We all have to rank those items in order of priority, but I refuse to throw the first stone at someone who has ordered their top priority items differently from how I would order them.

3) Yes, many non-attorneys and non-law librarians aren’t aware how many errors exist in official sources, let alone in unofficial sources of statutes, cases, and other primary sources of laws.

The lesson I would recommend you take here is to use this case (or blog post) as a “teachable moment” example (and there are many other examples of publication errors out there, from 1066 to the present if you want to include the last 1,000 years of Anglo-American law).

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