Judge Rejects Inscrutable Motion, Cites Adam Sandler’s "Billy Madison"

From the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog:

Our first ever Law Blog Judge of the Day award goes to Judge Leif Clark of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas.

Judge Clark signed an order last month in an apparent dispute over the discharge of a debtor in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In his “Order Denying Motion for Incomprehensibility,” Judge Clark ruled on a motion whose title sounds ripped from pages of The Onion: “Defendant’s Motion to Discharge Response to Plaintiff’s Response to Defendant’s Response Opposing Objection to Discharge.”

In a one-paragraph ruling, Judge Clark wrote, “The court cannot determine the substance, if any, of the Defendant’s legal argument, nor can the court even ascertain the relief that the Defendant is requesting. The Defendant’s motion is accordingly denied for being incomprehensible.”

But the best part was Judge Clark's footnote referencing Billy Madison, which you can read here.