Guns / Firearms

  • juggalo-law-sports-RF

    Baseball, Basketball, Copyright, Football, Guns / Firearms, Sports

    Sports Law, Spaw, Lorts: Assault Weapons and the 2-3 Zone

    In today’s sports law column: Jim Boeheim’s slam dunk on gun control, Raanan Katz’s crazy copyright claim, and other sports figures in legal hot water.

    6 Comments / / Dec 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM
  • It's already tomorrow somewhere, and things seem okay.

    Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Prostitution, Student Loans, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.20.12

    * I’m happy to have spent this last day on Earth with you. And with professors Paul Campos and Brian Tamanaha telling you how law school is a raw deal. [HuffPost Live]

    * Meanwhile, Seton Hall will be offering a tuition “discount” to students based on merit. Which is really just what a lot of law schools have been doing to try to fill seats as people become more aware of the problems with legal education. [National Law Journal]

    * One reason my job is better than yours: I get emails with the subject lines like “CockSucker Decision Analysis” all the time. [The Legal Satyricon]

    * I didn’t know there were freaking idiots out there who thought that Israel had more lax gun laws than we do. But they don’t. Because Israelis like being safe. [Huffington Post]

    * And if you think more lax gun laws in Russia would make the murder rate there go down, you are probably the kind of dumbass who thinks you can look into Putin’s eyes and see his soul. [Atlantic]

    * So when former U.S. Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton admits to it, it’s called “prostitution,” but when we’re doing essentially the same story about Ryan Lochte in 10 years, we’re going to call it “sex addiction” or something. [Chicago Tribune]

    3 Comments / / Dec 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM
  • NRA

    Election 2012, Election Law, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Real Estate, State Department, Video games

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.19.12

    * So now, officially, more people have lost their jobs over Benghazi than lost their jobs over 9/11. [New York Times]

    * Could we sue the NRA out of existence? [Dissident Voice]

    * Nate Silver makes it clear that gun ownership is a great indication of party affiliation. Guess the liberals would get their asses handed to them in a civil war. [Five Thirty Eight / New York Times]

    * Should it be harder for a teenager to get his hands on a video game with lots of guns in it, or AN ACTUAL FREAKING GUN? [Huffington Post]

    * “Fun” law bloggers interview each other, for fun. [Allison Leotta]

    * Wait, McDonald’s restaurants in Europe have waitresses? [Telegraph]

    * Former Governor of Florida slams current Governor of Florida while nation wonders why Florida is always such a train wreck. [Blog of the Legal Times]

    * Bank robbers hail getaway cab. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Look, the quote of the year is Megyn Kelly’s, “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?” But here are some other fun ones from 2012. [The Careerist]

    10 Comments / / Dec 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM
  • feinstein

    Death Penalty, Dianne Feinstein, Guns / Firearms, John Roberts, Judicial Nominations, Samuel Alito

    Dianne Feinstein Movin’ On Up

    Dianne Feinstein is taking over the Judiciary Committee — what’s her record on legal issues?

    5 Comments / / Dec 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM
  • Pro bono for clients, but not for students.

    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Guns / Firearms, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 12.18.12

    * Change may be coming soon in light of the Newtown shooting, but any talk about new federal restrictions on guns will hinge on the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment through the lens of the Heller case. [National Law Journal]

    * Joel Sanders and the Steves are facing yet another “frivolous” lawsuit over their alleged misconduct while at the helm of the sinking S.S. Dewey, but this time in a multi-million dollar case filed by Aviva Life and Annuity over a 2010 bond offering. [Am Law Daily]

    * Always a bridesmaid, never a bride: Pillsbury has had the urge to merge since February, and now the firm may finally get a chance to walk down the aisle with Dickstein Shapiro. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Income-based repayment is a bastion of hope for law school graduates drowning in student loan debt, but when the tax man commeth, and he will, you’ll quickly find out that the IRS doesn’t have IBR. [New York Times]

    * Is the premise of graduating with “zero debt” from a law school that hasn’t been accredited by the ABA something that you should actually consider? Sure, if you don’t mind zero jobs. [U.S. News and World Report]

    * Daniel Inouye, Hawaii’s Senate representative for five decades and a GW Law School graduate, RIP. [CNN]

    5 Comments / / Dec 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM
  • Tim Scott, today's reminder that I could have my own television show in snap if I just turned 'black republican.'

    Contests, Guns / Firearms, Holidays and Seasons, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.17.12

    We’re getting the first black Senator from the Confederacy since Reconstruction, and it’s going to be Tim Scott. That’s kind of like having Clarence Thomas replace Thurgood Marshall. [The Caucus / New York Times]

    * A Newtown gun group has a beef with Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. A beef whose stupidity shouldn’t need to be highlighted by tragic deaths. [Washington Briefs]

    * I’m not sure how mandatory gun insurance helps anything. [Breaking Views]

    * Since God stubbornly refuses to use his omnipresent powers to stop bullets, I’d rather use a sensible legal framework to protect my child, not faith in things unseen. [Slate]

    * One thing that would keep us all safer would be to just keep guns out of the hands of white males. (I’m kidding, of course. I’m a liberal and I don’t believe in racial profiling.) [Salon]

    * The deadline for the Above the Law Holiday Card contest is tonight. Send us your holiday cheer NOW, or you’ll be so freaking sorry. [Above the Law]

    * We’ve got a real, pro-gavel court. [Onion]

    8 Comments / / Dec 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM
  • Fiscal-Cliff-300x256

    Attorney Misconduct, Barack Obama, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Guns / Firearms, Legal Ethics, Money, Morning Docket, Pictures, Politics, Prostitution, Reality TV, State Department, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Television, Violence

    Morning Docket: 12.17.12

    * “To do nothing in the face of pending disaster is to be complicit. It’s time to act. It’s time to vote.” What a convenient time to discover that the Department of Justice tabled new gun control proposals in favor of an upcoming election campaign. [New York Times]

    * Rumor has it that the president will nominate Senator John Kerry to be secretary of state for his second term. Upon hearing the news, Hillary Clinton updated her Tumblr page before she caught a case of the vapors, fainted, and got herself all concussed. [CNN]

    * “If you don’t know, then you have to plan for the worst.” Everyone’s pissed off about the possibility of being pushed off the fiscal cliff, but on the bright side, it’s creating a mountain of billables. [National Law Journal]

    * Remember the judge who resigned after he accidentally showed a colleague a picture of the “judicial penis”? He was removed from office by a judicial ethics panel. How very effective. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    * And for the talent portion of the competition, Alicia Guastaferro, the pageant princess who was picked up for prostitution after getting caught with an attorney, will have her hooking charges dropped. [Huffington Post]

    0 Comments / / Dec 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Flag half mast

    Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.14.12

    * Joe Patrice reposted this on his site and I’m linking to it because it’s a great look at the rhetorical weaknesses of the pro-gun argument. It’s old, so you can’t say that he’s being reactionary to the current tragedy. [Recess Appointment]

    * Here’s a very good takedown of the self-serving law school rankings from Loyola Law School (LA) Professor Theodore Seto, who magically finds that Loyola Law is the 25th best law school for becoming a Biglaw partner. [Witnesseth]

    * Is the procedural posture of same-sex marriage sexy? [Opinionator / New York Times]

    * The jury system is dumb. [The Republican]

    * Here’s some kind of ridiculous, anti-transparency argument for why posting rate-increase memos would be counterproductive. Lat gets a shout out for not acting like this. [Legal Rebels / ABA Journal]

    4 Comments / / Dec 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM
  • sandy hook elementary

    Crime, Education / Schools, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Violence

    Open Thread: School Shooting In Connecticut

    A place for the ATL community to talk about their thoughts on the tragedy in Connecticut.

    99 Comments / / Dec 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM
  • Courthouse steps

    Courthouses, Guns / Firearms, Suicide

    Attempted Suicide at an Alabama Courthouse

    A shooting at an Alabama courthouse appears to be an attempted suicide…

    19 Comments / / Dec 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM
  • An 18th Century firearm

  • diverse women lawyers

    7th Circuit, Biglaw, Defamation, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, Richard Posner

    Morning Docket: 12.12.12

    * Munger Tolles & Olson recently announced a new partnership class, 75 percent of which is composed of women. Let’s hear three cheers for diversity in the practice of law! Oh, and uh… congratulations to the lone white guy, too. [The Careerist]

    * Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition: in an opinion penned by Judge Richard Posner, a divided three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit struck down an Illinois law banning the concealed carrying of loaded weapons outside the home. [Bloomberg]

    * Holy crap! Law students asked for change, and the Arizona Supreme court is giving them exactly what they wanted, which is impressive. 3Ls will now be able to sit for the February bar exam. [National Law Journal]

    * And speaking of Arizona, the Phoenix City Council and state Board of Regents have approved ASU Law’s plans to move its campus, and the city even threw in $12M to sweeten the deal. [Phoenix Business Journal]

    * Remember the defamation suit Cooley Law filed against a former student who anonymously criticized the school on his blog? His lawyer will defend his anonymity today in court. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Nevermind the fact that he’s a “person of interest” in a homicide case, because a Guatemalan judge ordered that antivirus mogul John McAfee should be released due to his illegal detention. [Los Angeles Times]

    2 Comments / / Dec 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM
  • Snakes on a plane

    11th Circuit, Airplanes / Aviation, Food, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Masturbation, Non-Sequiturs, Trials

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.10.12

    * I’m not sure what it takes to be a top “Global Thinker,” but I’m sure these law professors are worthy. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Good to see that I’m not the only one who gets crazy pitch letters from lawyers. [Popehat]

    * If somehow this results in a Simpsons episode where the 11th Circuit rules on whether or not the family can have another Snowball, I’ll be happy. [Find Law]

    * No joke, the “things you can’t do on a plane” series is probably my favorite thing in the blawgosphere right now. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Keith Magness, the lawyer accused of masturbating on the office furniture of girls in his firm, entered Alford pleas. But the pleas kind of stuck together. [Times-Picayune]

    * But really, how is anybody going to get trial experience if everybody is entering pleas all the time? [Underdog]

    * Could a benevolent monopolist fix legal education? Perhaps. But I’d vote for a malevolent blogger instead. [lawprofblog]

    * This law student is worried about the tax implications of getting free donuts. He’d better be worried about letting me know that he can get donuts whenever he wants. (Yes, I make the jokes so you can’t hurt me, then go home to bacon-wrapped, fried steak wedges, which don’t judge). [Tax Prof Blog]

    * I was on Geraldo at Large for about 30 seconds this weekend telling a gun range owner that guns should be regulated while standing in the middle of his gun store. I wore bright orange because, well, I didn’t want to get shot. [Geraldo at Large]

    2 Comments / / Dec 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM
  • There's no gay bar  at the Supreme Court right now.

    Bar Exams, Cars, Football, Gay, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.03.12

    * I’m not sure that it’s legal to tag the cars of people who park poorly, but it’s certainly satisfying. Honestly, every time I see one of those commercials where the dude needs freaking birds to park his “I’ve given up on life” minivan-SUV, I want to scream, “You could act like a man!” [Legal Blog Watch]

    * SCOTUS is acting like an old college roommate who just came out is inviting them to a gay bar, and they’re trying to politely decline without looking like raging homophobes. [SCOTUSblog]

    * To all the people who didn’t pass the California bar exam, here’s a guy who did it while only studying for 100 hours. Yeah. So… umm, I didn’t really think this blurb through. [Blake Masters]

    * Do lawyers need to “love” their clients? Come on, isn’t loving the money they give you enough? [Underdog]

    * Jason Whitlock took the Jovan Belcher and put the focus exactly where it should be, on our gun laws. Then Bob Costas blew a big megaphone on Sunday Night Football. [Fox Sports]

    * It’s funny, I’m against sex offender registries because even though sex crimes are heinous, registries are bad things that create second-class citizens and tend to unfairly lump people who didn’t commit the worst stuff in with disgusting humans. That means I should probably be against animal abuse registries too, but man I don’t think animal abusers suffer nearly enough. So, whatever, I’m a hypocrite. I’m a hypocrite who cares more about dogs than children. [Simple Justice]

    4 Comments / / Dec 3, 2012 at 5:34 PM
  • Just try telling him to put out his smokes. Not gonna happen.

    Guns / Firearms, In-House Counsel, Non-Sequiturs, Tobacco / Smoking, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.09.12

    * You can take our lives, but you can never take our freedom to slowly take our own lives by smoking cigarettes in public! [U.S. Eighth Circuit / FindLaw]

    * Some humorously sketchy legal advice, courtesy of Reddit. [Associate’s Mind]

    * A Russian in-house attorney got dumped and then allegedly went to work and shot seven people. [ABA Journal]

    * L.A. County voted to force porn stars to wear condoms during shoots. In other news, the entire porn industry packed up yesterday and moved to… somewhere outside L.A. County. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Dean Boland, one of Paul Ceglia’s ex-lawyers, just lost an appeal of a $300K judgment after he allegedly manipulated “photos that depicted minors engaged in sex acts.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Elie says: You’d think that covering up your own extra-marital affairs would be part of the CIA Director entrance exam. [New York Times]

    0 Comments / / Nov 9, 2012 at 4:58 PM
  • IMG_1964

    Baseball, Crime, Guns / Firearms, Police, Sports, Videos, Violence, YouTube

    World Series Winners (Or Their Fans, At Least) Are Above the Law

    The Giants won the World Series yesterday, and San Francisco literally went up in flames. Fun!

    14 Comments / / Oct 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM
  • Hannibal-Lecter-hannibal-lecter-24822525-320-244

    5th Circuit, Barack Obama, Crime, Election 2012, Fashion, Gay, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Nauseating Things, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.25.12

    * The Fifth Circuit upheld a federal law banning gun sales to people under 21 years old. Oh! The humanity! What will the nation’s teenagers do without booze or their own guns? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A New York cop is charged with planning to kidnap, cook, and eat 100 women. Gross. I wonder if this will tarnish the NYPD’s sterling reputation. [Daily Intel / New York Magazine]

    * Scratching your nuts in public is gross, but it’s not the same as, uh, some other grosser, more illegal activities. It would behoove this woman to learn to recognize the difference. [Legal Juice]

    * Should wearing “personality” glasses count against a criminal defendant? I dunno, but as a guy who has to wear glasses I find it bizarre that people choose to wear them as fashion accessories. Might as well wear a useless prosthetic arm too; I hear they’re the next hip trend. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Another intra-family lawsuit: Geoffrey Richards, who teaches at Northwestern Law School, has been sued by his 95-year-old grandfather over a family financial dispute. The grandfather is also calling Richards a “scoundrel” and the “greatest disappointment” in his life. Ouch. [DealBreaker]

    * President Obama has endorsed several same-sex marriage ballot proposals. Nice work, Barry. [BuzzFeed]

    * Insights and advice for people interested in fashion law (from Ron Coleman and others). [Likelihood of Confusion]

    4 Comments / / Oct 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM
  • Is Kagan turning to the dark side?

    Antonin Scalia, Elena Kagan, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court

    Now That Scalia Has Corrupted Kagan, What Progressive Pastime Should Kagan Make Scalia Do?

    Scalia now has Kagan hunting defenseless animals. Great. His victory is nearly complete…

    67 Comments / / Oct 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

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