Morning Docket

tinkerbell Peter Pan.jpg* “Cinderella, Snow White, Tinkerbell and other fictional fixtures of modern-day childhood were handcuffed, frisked and loaded into police vans Thursday.” [CNN]
* More on lawyers’ roles in the Edwards scandal. [New York Times]
* Apple’s former general counsel, Nancy Heinen, will pay pay $2.2 million to settle SEC stock-option suit. Steve Jobs owes her big-time. [New York Times]
* FAA plans to fine American Airlines $7.1 million for a laundry list of safety violations. [BBC News]
* More details on former Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg’s spy service. His main duty: “encourage and foment resistance.” [Washington Post]
* Second Circuit reverses decision in John Steinbeck publishing rights case; copyright law misapplied. Congrats to Jenner & Block, counsel to the estate of Elaine Steinbeck. [Associated Press]
* “The ABA plots a judicial coup.” [Wall Street Journal]
* … and the ABA’s side of the story. [American Bar Association (video)]

Arthur Goldberg.gif* Liberal religious leaders say a new McCain online ad is intended to label Obama “the antichrist.” Is that worse than being compared to Paris Hilton? [Political Perceptions/Wall Street Journal]
* Judge throws out murder case against New Orleans policemen who fired on unarmed residents during the Katrina crisis. [BBC News]
* Blackberry vs. iPhone. The war for consumers’ hearts is on. [Financial Times]
* Manslaughter charge for police officer responsible for death by Taser. [CNN]
* Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg was a spy for the CIA’s predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services. [Associated Press]

Facebook facestalking face stalking jurors jury.jpg* Does using GPS to track suspects constitute an illegal search and seizure? [Washington Post]
* Lawyers are demanding a criminal investigation into the death of a 34-year-old Hong Kong immigrant. A successful New York computer engineer, he died of cancer after not receiving medical attention while detained for months by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [International Herald Tribune]
* Paris Hilton being sued for not doing enough to promote “National Lampoon’s Pledge This!” Give her a break — she’s busy running a presidential campaign. [Associated Press]
* A former Siegel Fenchel & Peddy associate sues the NY firm for discriminating against her for getting pregnant. [New York Law Journal]
* The Nevada Equal Rights Commission rules that a club discriminated against men by charging women lower rates. [New York Times]
* New legal trend: Facebook-stalking potential jurors. [National Law Journal]

Carolyn Lamm White Case ABA president.jpg* The new president-elect of the American Bar Association is Carolyn Lamm, of White & Case. [BLT]
* Another example of U.S. exceptionalism: expert witnesses. [The New York Times]
* Endangered Species Act may lose some teeth. [Washington Post]
* Name-brand retailers don’t like the sale of fake goods on eBay. Tiffany is filing an appeal in its case against the online retailer. [BBC News]
* Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Judge will decide whether he committed another bond violation… by visiting his sister. [New York Times]
* More on Texas lawyer Fred Baron’s role in the Edwards sex scandal. [American Lawyer]
* Donald Trumps sues Morrison Cohen for five million dollars. The law firm says he’s just trying to get out of paying his overdue bill. [Contact Music]

Barack Obama small Senator Barack Hussein Obama Above the Law blog.JPG* Obama is getting lots of funding love from lawyers, with Kirkland & Ellis in the lead. Law folks have given $21 million to Obama, and just $7 million to McCain. [Forbes]
* Deposed Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra skipped out on bail and is relocating to England, because he says he can’t get a fair trial in Thailand. [Associated Press]
* The story behind the Edwards sex scandal story. [New York Times]
* Congress to tackle legislation dealing with online privacy. [New York Times]
* MoFo is the law firm behind the Olympic Games. [The Recorder]
* Former New Jersey first couple is officially divorced, and “in the end, the whole gay thing didn’t matter.” [The Star-Ledger]

I Divorce U text message.jpg* Happy 8-8-08. The Olympics kick off with the opening ceremony in Beijing today, chosen because “8″ is a lucky number in China. Good luck with that pollution. [BBC News]
* Bin Laden driver, sentenced to five and a half years, has only a half year left to serve. [New York Times]
* Before Facebook sued the German social networking site StudiVZ (short for Studentenverzeichnis) for copyright infringement, it tried to buy it. [International Herald Tribune]
* Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick spent last night in jail. [New York Times]
* White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers really don’t want to testify before Congress. [Washington Post]
* A hijab is not part of the Abercrombie and Fitch look? [MSNBC via Jezebel]
* Audio dispatches from the R. Kelly trial. [Slate]
* Another ruling approving divorce by text message under Sharia law, this time in a Malaysian court. [Post Global]

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* Texas executed a Mexican citizen yesterday after SCOTUS denied a last minute request for a reprieve. Neither the International Court of Justice nor the Bush administration is pleased. [New York Times]
* Ninth Circuit to review an e-mail hacking case that could redefine online privacy. [Washington Post]
* Reputed mobster John Gotti indicted … again. This time in Tampa. Maybe Florida prosecutors will fare better than New York ones have. [New York Times]
* Justice Department prepares to declare anthrax case closed. [New York Times]
* Biggest identity theft ring ever exposed. Federal prosecutors charge 11 people from five different countries with stealing 41 million credit card numbers. [International Herald Tribune]
* California man convicted of murdering his lawyer when case went badly. [San Jose Mercury News]
* Not really law-related, but definitely amusing. Paris Hilton responds to McCain’s ad: Paris for President? [Funny or Die]

remote control.jpg* Death row inmate in Ohio: “I’m too fat to execute.” [CNN]
* Court appearance for man who attacked and beheaded a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Canada. This horrific story makes us reconsider using the NY-DC bus. [BBC]
* Lawsuit in NYC seeks to uncover the race of police shooting victims. [New York Times]
* Freddie Mac CEO ignored warnings from his chief risk officer issued as early as 2004. [International Herald Tribune]
* Osama Bin Laden disciple serving a life sentence in a supermax prison filed a pro se lawsuit because he doesn’t want his food x-rayed. [Smoking Gun]
* Analysis of the “Goodling Report” and the inner workings of the DOJ. [Legal Times]
* Court ruling means you can keep on skipping over the commercials. [Financial Times]

potato chips AboveTheLaw Above the Law blog.jpg* Your potato chips are going to get healthier, thanks to California’s AG. [Associated Press]
* The music industry needs to accept illegal music-sharing sites, per Radiohead’s example. [Financial Times via Drudge]
* Nobel-prize winning author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose writings criticized Soviet communism and labor camps, died Sunday. [New York Times]
* Nuremburg vs. Guantanamo. [New York Times Magazine]
* Obama is quite secure in his candidacy. He wants to give Michigan and Florida delegates a “full vote.” [CNN]
* Many an Olympics fan has been swindled by fake ticket websites. One U.S. lawyer lost $12,000 and is looking to sue. [ Reuters]
* “Home Alone” Israeli-style. Parents forget one of their five children in an airport duty-free store. [BBC News]

* Lehman to unload mortgage assets? [New York Times]
* Monster reaches $47.5 million settlement. [WSJ Law Blog]
* YouTube baby food poisoner arrested. [CNN]
* Two of Snoop’s groupies arrested. [MSNBC]
* Scientist about to be indicted in anthrax mailings case apparently committed suicide. [AP]

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