An Example of a Brief Sample Court Case
As an example of the format used in briefing cases, we
present here a briefed version of the sample court case that
was presented in Exhibit 1A–3 on page 32.
BERGER v. CITY OF SEATTLE
United States Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit, 2008.
512 F.3d 582.
FACTS The Seattle Center is an entertainment “zone” in downtown Seattle, Washington, that
attracts nearly ten million tourists each year. The center encompasses theaters, arenas,
museums, exhibition halls, conference rooms, outdoor stadiums, and restaurants, and features
street perfor-mers. Under the authority of the city, the center’s director issued rules in 2002 to
address safety con-cerns and other matters. Among other things, street performers were
required to obtain permits and wear badges. After members of the public filed numerous
complaints of threatening behavior by street performer and balloon artist Michael Berger, Seattle
Center staff cited Berger for several rules violations. He filed a