fortinbras wrote:Because his text is always perfectly justified on the right margin, I deduce that it was done on a word processor, but he uses it as if it were a typewriter -
In legal automation, this sometimes known as "glass typewriter" syndrome.
I have gotten documents from other lawyers in word processing (i.e., MS Word) format, and am always surprised to see competent lawyers using secretaries (or word processing departments, if there still are such things) who never use styles, use tabs to create columns (or even indented text), use hard carriage returns to create spaces between paragraphs, and other similar abuses of word processor technology. (I'm also surprised by lawyers sending out word processing files, and not PDFs, but that's another story.)
One of the worst I ever saw was a letter from an architect and, when I tried to print it, I realized that the "headers" at the top of the pages were not headers at all, but paragraphs inserted into the text (the page numbers were not "fields" but were typed in), with carriage returns before and after to make the "header" appear at the top of the printed page. (Of course, my printer was somewhat different and so the "headers" wound up scrolling through each page.)
I was also impressed by a lawyer who somehow got a copy of the official form of petition for filing in court and didn't realize (or didn't care) that the court had gone to the trouble of making the form a "fillable" PDF, which could be filled in using Adobe Acrobat. So he (or his secretary) printed it out, scanned it, filled it in with crayon (at least that's what it looked like), and mailed it to the court clerk (who then had to scan it because all filings are required to be electronic). (And filled it in wrong, of course, but that's also another story.)