Judge Marks Group Down on Punctuation

Never underestimate the devastating power of an improperly placed semicolon:

The judges took part in separate hearings. The second judge told the plaintiffs that they would likely succeed on the merits eventually, but that for now, he couldn’t accept their proposed court order because of a punctuation error.It all came down to a semicolon, the judge said.

“I am not trying to be petty here, but it is a big deal. . . . That semicolon is a big deal,” said Judge James Warren in San Francisco Superior Court.

(via Reg Aubry)