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Do you use [sic] when quoting a pleading and the allegation has typos in it? Don’t want to come off as petty but also don’t want to be blamed for the typo.

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I use sic enthusiastically.

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Same! I relish each and every time I can point out typos, errors in paragraph numbering/complaint counts, etc. by using sic.

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I will [sic] the shit out of stuff happily!

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Do it but make sure it’s actually a typo.

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But, if you don’t want to look petty and you’re quoting a long-ish paragraph from the other side, you can set the more than 50 word quotation in an indented paragraph on both sides and the judge will get it. In my view, sic is nice to use for minor quotations, but distracting to the judge if you’re quoting a larger point full of typos and inconsistencies. Then you just quote the whole paragraph and talk about why the other side is wrong following the set apart copy of the other side’s paragraph.

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Definitely use it. It’s not petty to not want a partner/judge to think you’re an idiot

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To add another view, I never sic people. I usually don’t bracket either. I just fix the typo and pretend it didn’t happen; I’ve made typos before and would hate for someone else to point out my stupidity. Maybe different if it’s a pro se case, but even then, probably not.

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In a way that is actually a bit unethical in my view. When you’re quoting someone verbatim, you should not alter the original at all. That is what sic is for…to point out that any typos or malapropisms were there in the first place. The other side said what the other side said. I personally, for a number of reasons, would never alter anything I’m presenting to the court as a direct quotation.

I used to use it all the time when I was in private practice. The absolute worst was when my brief was quoted with a [sic] in it. And there is nothing more embarrassing than to have to file a notice of errata. I’ve only had to do it once! A long time ago!

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If your argument is that their reasoning is stupid and your reasoning is better, then the [sic] would seem to distract from the point. I mean, we all love pointing out when oppo is dumb. But it’s far stronger when their argument is weak than their grammar/spelling. Point being, if you’ve got a kill shot, don’t worry about technical points.

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It is just as easy to correct the typo in a bracketed word or phrase as it is to use “sic”. In fact avoiding “sic” can be more efficient and save the valuable attention of the judge, opposing party, etc. for your points that really matter. “Sic” should really only be used if the original phrase with the typo has some meaning, if there is a reason to reproduce the quotation with total accuracy, or in the situation where it is difficult to understand what the typo should really have been replaced with (most often when quoting a recording). When used improperly, “sic” can be a distraction be cause you’re reader is trying to figure out why the typo or misstatement was important to your argument/claim. If the typo is not important, then using “sic” is inappropriate.

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I would use [sic] all the time back when I was battling pro se “sovereign citizen” litigants.

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