Friday, April 9, 2010

CBS News Typo in Justice Steven’s Retirement Letter

One of our professors forwarded the text of Justice Steven’s retirement letter to the faculty listserv, but with an obvious typo:
My dear Mr. President:
Having concluded that it would be in the best
interests of the Court to have my successor appointed
and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of
the Court's next Term, I shall retire from regular
active service as an Associate Justice, under the
provisions of 28 D.S.C. § 371(b), effective the next
day after the Court rises for the summer recess this

Most respectfully yours,
John Paul Stevens

I figured the professor hadn’t transcribed it, but had copied it from somewhere and, yes, CBS News, among other sites, apparently did a rush OCR/transcription of the letter.

Here's a screen capture for when they catch the error:

CBS News Typo of Justice Stevens’ Resignation Letter

The PDF copy of the letter, also from the CBS News web site, of course did not have the typo:

(Wow, the embedded version from Issuu.Com looks like crap - click to view it full size.)

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