Unpopular opinion–Lawyers should not use (cleaned up) citations in their briefs.
Two years ago Charles Oldfield blogged on this very blog about (cleaned up) citations. As Charlie explained it, in legal writing we often “alter or omit inconsequential parts of the quotation to make the quotation more readable.” All of those alterations and omissions can make a quote difficult to read between the ellipses, the [sic], and the brackets. The solution, as proposed by Jack Metzler of @SCOTUSPlaces, is to omit these changes and use a parenthetical (cleaned up) to signal to our readers that we have not indicated those
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