Today in Sun v. United States, __ Fed. App’x __ (Fed. Cir. Sept. 6, 2016)(Newman, J.), in a pro se appeal, the panel paid inordinate attention to appellant’s frivolous cause in what could have been an essentially one paragraph opinion (as red-boxed on the attached copy of the opinion).
Objective of the Opinion in the Pro Se case: A goal of issuing an opinion in a pro secase is to teach the pro se appellant why his appeal is denied. This result would have been better achieved, here, with a pinpoint focus on the key issue (at the very end of the opinion) undiluted by the previous paragraphs that blunt the message.
A Shorter Opinion Better Serves the Interest of the Pro se Appellant: Does the individual appellant fully grasp the essence of the opinion when it is just a few lines as the last paragraph of that opinion?
The Overall Impact in Publication of Opinions in Pro Se Cases: Does the publication of opinions, as here, stimulate further like actions by others seeking publicity?