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Joseph, Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Experience:  I have 15 years experience in criminal litigation including several years as a felony prosecutor
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I am writing up a pro se appeal to send in to the district

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I am writing up a pro se appeal to send in to the district court; however my question might apply to any number of situations. My argument is for "ineffective counsel" and in the addendum to my report I have inclued emails shared between my lawyer and myself and which illustrate why I felt the counsel I received was inadequate. Now, these emails I plan to include in the addendum; however I wish to focus attention only on the relevant information shared in the emails. What I mean is there might for example be a page long email in which only the first few lines of type are relevant, and this rest is irrelevant. Some of the irrelevant stuff is personal info which I do not want to share. Might I be able to block out the irrelevant paragraphs and write over it something like "omitted". Technically I am under no obligation to share with the court anything. Am I allowed to select portions of type which I wish to share, and hide other portions? Thanks.

It is perfectly appropriate to redact documents to leave only the relevant information, this actually helps the reader focus in on the important information while skipping the rest. One important thing to keep in mind though, make sure you do include all relevant information though. If you do not, then the opposing party may seek to have that information included as well and the net effect would be to make it appear that you were attempting to hide information.

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