USDC Cr. No. 84-3552
THOMAS v. REAGAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
WILLIAM THOMAS, et al
Plaintiff Pro Se
versus CA 84-3552
Judge Louis Oberdorfer
UNITED STATES, et al
EXCEPTIONS FROM (SIC), MAGISTRATE'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
ON MOTION OF DEFENDANT CANFIELD FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
Perhaps the most significant questions raised by the
Magistrate's filing of December 15, 1986 are manifest in the
insertion of two (2) "(sic)" annotations into quotes from
plaintiffs' pleadings which were cited by the Magistrate in his
Memorandum Opinion Report and Recommendation on the Motion of
Defendant Michael Canfield for Summary Judgment (Magistrate's
At page 14 of Magistrate's Canfield Memo, "byproduct (sic)" is
noted (citing paragraph #(___) Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendant
Canfield's Motion for Summary Judgment, filed September 22, 1986).
It is true that Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary,
1966, by G & C Merriam Co. indicates (at pg. 114) that "by-product"
is hyphenated. However ___________________________ indicates (at
pg. ) that "byproduct" may also be un-hyphenated.
Plaintiffs can well appreciate the Magistrate's personal
predilection with respect to the proper spelling of "by-product,"
and they express sincere gratitude for any well-intentioned
contributions to the production of a letter-perfect document which
the Magistrate might be gracious enough to make. Nonetheless, as
will be discussed in (**separate pleadings which plaintiffs will
file in due time**), with respect to the facts and legal issues
of this case, plaintiffs feel it is more germaine to consider the
context out of which the Magistrate has cited the paragraph
(COMPARE Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendant Canfield's Motion for
Summary Judgment paragraphs ___thru ___), than to dispute
"byproduct" whether should be hyphenated.
The second significant "(sic)" point raised by the Magistrate
occurs at page 15, footnote 14 of Magistrate's Canfield Memo. Here
the Magistrate, "quoting" from the Declaration of Robert (Allen)
Dorrough, has written "in addition to the RAD (sic) Police."
"RAD", are the initials of Robert Allen Dorrough, affixed by
his hand to his Declaration as his verification to the deletion of
a typographical error undiscovered until too late to allow
re-typing and still meet the filing deadline.
If, as was intended, the thoughtful reader omitted the
handwritten "RAD~ certification, the accurate quotation would
simply read "in addition to the Police."
Upon the foregoing plaintiffs do not believe much merit should
be attributed to the "(sic)" observations of the Magistrate.
Respectfully submitted this______day
of ________________, 1986.
William Thomas, Plaintiff Pro Se
1440 N Street, N.W. Apt. 410
Washington, D.C. 20005
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