Is the Impeachment Resolution’s Prose Unimpeachable?

Written by Ross Guberman on January 11, 2021



Impeachment language is stuffy and overwrought, and the middling BriefCatch scores for the new Resolution reflect that:



But even if we can’t punch up the prose here, all hope isn’t lost. We could fix this verb-form error and punctuation glitch:



We could use American punctuation conventions, clarify sources, and reconsider how to handle a notorious “faithfully”:


How about scrapping the colon after “such as” and using semicolons to separate the comma-laden items in the list starting on line 16 here?



Finally, I’d love to delete “Wherefore,” but I’ll let it go for snob appeal. Or for that 18th-century vibe they seem to be going for:




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Ross Guberman is the president of Legal Writing Pro LLC and the founder of BriefCatch LLC. From Alaska and Hawaii to Paris and Hong Kong, Ross has conducted thousands of workshops on three continents for prominent law firms, judges, agencies, corporations, and associations. His workshops are among the highest rated in the world of professional legal education.

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