“Only the little people” follow Rule 137 in litigation.
What is Rule 137? It’s a rule designed to ensure fair play in the legal system (if you’re not a big deal). It’s a rule that requires that parties and attorneys who sign pleadings verify the truth of those pleadings (if you’re not a big deal).
The signature of an attorney or party constitutes a certificate by him that he has read the pleading, motion or other paper, that to the best of his knowledge, information, and belief formed after reasonable inquiry it is well grounded in fact and is warranted by existing law or a good-faith argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law, and that it is not interposed for any improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation.14
If a pleading, motion, or other paper is signed in violation of Rule 137, “the court, upon motion or upon its own initiative, may impose upon the person who signed it, a represented party, or both, an appropriate sanction, which may include an order to pay to the other party or parties the amount of reasonable expenses incurred because of the filing of the pleading, motion or other paper, including a reasonable attorney fee.”
I’m starting to think laws were made to be followed by little people, like soliciting prostitutes, destroying evidence (aka spoliation) and faking pleadings. You and me, we’d be slaughtered for it. But if you’re a perceived Big Deal, you don’t have to follow rules because, like Leona Helmsley says, “Only the little people” follow the rules.
So faking a pleading in litigation by a litigant-attorney, is that batshitcrazy or what? You’re dying for me to post it, aren’t ya?