Morning Docket

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]

* Will work for laid-off Cadwalader attorneys be hard to find? [Am Law Daily]
* Legislation allowing FDA to regulate tobacco moves through House, heading towards veto. [Washington Post]
* Turkish court allows president and PM to remain in politics. [CNN]
* Former Thai PM’s wife found guilty of tax evasion, sentenced to three years. [New York Times]
* More litigation for Ed McMahon, this time $275K claimed by former counsel. [CNN]

* Martindale-Hubbell goes 21st century with LinkedIn partnership. [Am Law Daily]
* 82-year old Jerry Lewis cited for concealed firearm in an airport.
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* Karadzic extradited to the Hague. [Washington Post]
* At U. Chicago, law professor Obama tested ideas in the classroom. [New York Times]
* Stevens indictment a set-back for GOP. [Washington Post; New York Times]
* Orrick reaches $2.8 million settlement with San Diego over pension fund shortfall. [Am Law Daily]

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts KKR.jpg* Law firms in on KKR offering. [Am Law Daily]
* PETA wants military to stop using animals in medical training. [CNN]
* Congress boldly agrees to ban toxins in toys. [Washington Post]
* Hamdan trial tests military commission system. [New York Times]
* Bush approves execution of Army private. [AP]
* L.A. city council considers limited ban on fast food. [MSNBC]
* L.A. lawyer Pierce O’Donnell indicted on political money laundering (and he responds). [LA Observed; Pierce O'Donnell Public Justice Blog]

Shia LaBeouf Shia LeBeouf Shia LaBoeuf.jpg* Conviction in Siemens bribery and corruption case. [Reuters]
* Another malpractice suit filed, this one against Thelen Reid. [The Recorder via Am Law Daily]
* Virginia jails must report foreign inmates to feds. [Washington Post]
* Shia LaBeouf arrested for DUI. [CNN]
* Mistrial motion in Barbie-Bratz dolls case, after juror booted for ethnic slurs. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Judge Charlies Brieant (S.D.N.Y.), RIP. [New York Times]

* Justice Department report details FBI objections to interrogation techniques used on terror suspects. [Legalities / ABC News; McClatchy]
* Jurors get a bit too much evidence in R. Kelly trial. [CNN]
* Officers in Sean Bell case face NYPD charges of misusing firearms. [New York Times]
* Florida woman gets seven years for enslavement. [CNN]
* Clinton takes Kentucky, but Obama grabs Oregon and the majority of pledged delegates. [MSNBC; New York Times]
* Should Obama promise Hillary a SCOTUS nomination? [Washington Post]

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