Morning Docket

Sarah Palin Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hottie.jpg* The Republican Convention kicks off this week in St. Paul. They were worried about Hurricane Gustav, but Hurricane Sarah Palin has been the talk of the weekend. The Republican Veep candidate revealed that her 17-year-old daughter is a baby mama. [New York Times]
*… And O’Melveny and Myers partner Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr. is to blame. Not for the baby, but for the vetting process. [New York Times]
* …And here’s almost everything else you want to know about Sarah Palin and the law. [American Lawyer]
* Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales can breathe a sigh of relief. The Justice Department says he made some mistakes with classified information, but that criminal sanctions are unlikely for him. [Washington Post]
* In Texas, they like their justice blind… and aroused. Judge Samuel Kent has been indicted for federal sex crimes, but he’s going to continue hearing cases. [Houston Chronicle]
* More details in the human trafficking lawsuit against Iraq contractor Kellogg Brown & Root. Worst bait and switch ever. [Courthouse News Service]

Barack Obama small Senator Barack Hussein Obama Above the Law blog.JPG* The Democratic love fest peaked last night. Senator Barack Obama addressed more than 80,000 people in a Denver football stadium. Our favorite line was his take on “it’s not me, it’s you.” [New York Times]
* A reporter for ABC News wasn’t feeling the love at the Democratic convention this week. Denver police arrested him Wednesday for trespassing while he tried to get interviews on a public sidewalk. His attorneys and the ACLU want all charges dropped. [The Blotter/ABC News]
* Under new Justice Department rules, “federal prosecutors will no longer be able to strong-arm corporate targets to reveal protected conversations with their attorneys.” [CNN]
* Florida lawyers acting badly may make it hard for workers to file overtime violation suits. [National Law Journal]
* Embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is suing to stop the hearing that would remove him from office. [Washington Post]
* … We hope his lawyers are making him prepay for that. An attorney has filed suit against Mayor Kilpatrick for allegedly stiffing him on a $79,000 legal bill. [Detroit Free Press]
* Tom Cruise is being sued for $11 million by a bunch of German actors who say they were injured in the filming of his last movie. Show me the money! [Onlinewire]

biden.jpg* Barack Obama and Joe Biden accept the love of the Democratic Party. [Washington Post]
* Sobering news for the lovefest: “A potential conflict of interest involving Biden and one of the nation’s biggest asbestos litigation law firms.” [Politico]
* Bad Citibank! It owes 53,000 credit card customers $14 million for stealing their positive balances. According to one executive, “Stealing from our customers is a business decision, not a legal decision.” [Courthouse News Service]
* Child killer smiles as he hears death sentence. [CNN]
* Mexican Supreme Court upholds Mexico City’s abortion law. [Guardian]
* A Nepalese family is suing Iraq contractor KBR for human trafficking. [BBC News]
* Beach nudists sue for the right to be naked. [New York Times]
*… Fortunately for them, Orange County Superior Court Judge Shelia Fell likes nudity. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
* Expect McCain’s Veep pick today. [Politico]

Mayra Lizbeth Rosales Mayra Rosales.jpg* Those Bratz got a spanking, but not as severe a spanking as Mattel hoped. The jury awarded Mattel $100 million, rather than the $1 billion Quinn Emanuel’s John Quinn had requested. [CNN]
* U.S. District Judge John D. Bates rules Harriet Miers must testify before Congress. The big moment could come as early as next month. [Washington Post]
* Eight of the sixty judges sacked by former Pakistani president Pervez Musharaff have been reinstated. The others are still twiddling their thumbs. [BBC News]
* Barry Bonds wants to knock his case out of the park. His lawyers have moved to dismiss most of the government’s case against him for lying to a grand jury about steroid use. [Associated Press]
* In Mexico City, abortion is legal in theory, but not often in practice. Now the Mexican Supreme Court is considering overturning the one-year-old abortion law. [International Herald Tribune]
* Colorado U.S. attorney files charges in the Obama murder plot. The last name of one of the accused is Adolf. [Smoking Gun]
* How is Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick still in office? [Washington Post]
* Update in the case of the alleged half-ton murderess. Her attorney says she’s too fat to have killed her nephew. [CNN]

michelle obama convention speech.jpg* Some of you might have already noticed, but a former Sidley Austin associate had a big night. [ABA Journal; MSNBC]
* More reasons to dump Internet Explorer if you haven’t done so already. [Res Ipsa Blog]
* Maybe instead of professional responsibility, they should teach “internet scams for dummies” in law school. [ABA Journal]
* I’m pretty sure we were promised tactile feedback toys back in Real Sex 1. I’m sure we’ll get them just after the flying cars start rolling off the assembly line. [Legal Pad]
* Fun with Biden over at Legal Times. At this point, if his convention speech comes in under the 8-hour mark, he will claim victory. [BLT: The Blog of Legal Times]

WWE logo lawsuit.png* A 72-year-old accountant from Minnesota challenged the IRS, and won. The accountant now wants a second Boston Tea Party. [Associated Press]
* Wilmer Hale has launched a series of associate blogs as part of a new recruiting effort. [BLT: The Blog of Legal Times]
* The Olympics aren’t the only thing bailing on Beijing. The managing partner for Cadwalader’s Beijing office is moving to Allen & Overy in Shanghai. []
* Wrestlers Chris Kanyon, Raven and Above Average Mike are trying to smackdown the Vince McMahon in court. The three brought a class-action lawsuit against the WWE claiming that they are employees, not independent contractors. [Connecticut Employment Law Blog via Overlawyered]
* D.C. Circuit upholds constitutionality of Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. [Bloomberg via WSJ Law Blog]
* Former L.A. Times editorial page editor sues ex-girlfriend over “Grazer-gate” controversy; she claims it’s retaliation for a restraining order. [THR, Esq. via Gawker]

pregancy.jpg* Federal judge grants stay of execution in Texas because the condemned man may be insane. Judge Orlando Luis Garcia chastised the state courts for refusing to hire mental health experts to assess the man’s sanity. [New York Times]
* Bush administration will implement a regulation to protect anti-abortion health workers. [Washington Post]
* Three members of the Warren Jeffs-led Texas polygamist sect are indicted. [CNN]
* Alan Dershowitz wants to depose recently captured Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic. [Associated Press]
* Woman tries to free her convicted-murderer husband from jail by forging two judges’ signatures, feds claim. [San Jose Mercury News]
* Former paralegal makes out in the pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Siegel, Fenchel & Peddy. The co-plaintiff associate didn’t do so well. [New York Law Journal]

dancing baby.jpg* It looks like 2008 will be the worst year for law firms since 2001. The American Lawyer says the “silver lining” is that firms can “winnow out unproductive lawyers and apply greater discipline to expense control.” In other words: more layoffs, fewer perks. [American Lawyer]
* Law firms aren’t the only ones suffering. Florida courts will cut 250 positions by October 1. [Daily Business Review]
* Senator Ted Stevens fails to get his corruption trial relocated from Washington, D.C. to Alaska. His need to be in his home state to campaign for reelection did not convince the judge. [Washington Post]
* “Metrolink killer” — who left his gas-doused SUV on the California rails, causing a train crash that killed 11 people — has been sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences. [Los Angeles Times]
* University of Iowa professor Arthur Miller, accused of trading grades for gropes, has gone missing. [Iowa City Press-Citizen via TaxProf Blog]
* “Dancing baby” lawsuit can go forward. [Associated Press]

baby bud.jpg* College presidents around the country join campaign to lower the national drinking age to 18. [Associated Press]
* Post-September 11 laws have allowed the federal government to track the movement of U.S. citizens across land borders, with the data to be kept on record for 15 years. Is anyone really surprised? [Washington Post]
* Another judicial setback for the Bush administration, in the D.C. Circuit’s ruling on EPA emissions rules. [New York Times]
* New York settles suit with antiwar activists for $20 $2 million. [New York Times]
* Apparently, corporal punishment in schools is still legal in 21 states, and practiced in 13. [CNN]
* Lawyers shouldn’t screw over their clients. And definitely shouldn’t screw their clients’ wives. It’s going to cost one Mississippi lawyer $1.5 million. [ABA Journal]
* Lawyers are making out well in the Britney Spears custody battle. [CNN]

Clarence Thomas Justice Thomas Barack Obama least favorite justice.jpg* Obama and McCain name their least favorite Supreme Court justices. McCain hates four of them; Obama focused his hatin’ on just one. [Legal Times]
* The legal battle over the 2008 presidency gets started in Ohio. “The Ohio Republican Party yesterday threatened legal action if Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner allows Ohioans to simultaneously register to vote and cast absentee ballots…” [Toledo Blade]
* Senators want to delay new rules for FBI national security investigations, because everyone’s a little bit racist. [Associated Press]
* Princeton Review joins the ranks of companies that have exposed customers’ personal information. The test scores and personal data of thousands of Virginia and Florida students were inadvertently made accessible online for weeks. [New York Times]
* Self-described “antifeminist” lawyer goes after Columbia University’s department of women’s studies. [City Room / New York Times via Jezebel]
* Our favorite American-themed international headline of the day: “US lesbian wins fertility battle.” [BBC News]

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