Mastering The Art Of Redaction. Or Not.

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  1. KipEsquire says:

    I think there’s a significant overestimation in the professions of the productivity skill set of the median employee (i.e., how well they truly know MS Office, let alone Lexis, WestLaw or a Bloomberg terminal).

    For example, I can’t count the number times I get calls from panicked MBAs who think that their documents have been hopelessly corrupted because they don’t know the difference between “Page Layout” and “Normal View” in MS Word. Or what a ZIP file is. Etc.

    This anecdote doesn’t suprise me one bit.

  2. RCinProv says:

    I am years into a project that involves criminal court transcripts. The cases involve child abuse so redaction is a constant issue. I have yet to obtain a “redacted” transcript that does not reveal some or all of the information that is supposed to be redacted.

    I agree that the the job of redacting is difficult and I don’t blame the poor clerks. I just find the whole endeavor largely useless. Indeed, based on my experience, I’d say that redaction of long documents is never fully effective. And of course, if it’s not fully effective, it’s not effective.

    Finally, there’s the case where the transcript is entirely sealed to prevent this possibility — and what do you know, the Magistrate in the federal habeas petition used the kids’ names in a decision available on PACER!