Non-Sequiturs

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.26.15

    * Another benchmark in the Ninth Circuit’s ongoing war against prosecutorial misconduct: a panel of judges — Kozinski, Wardlaw, and Fletcher — suggest trying prosecutors for perjury. [New York Observer]

    * Lawyer and blogger Eric Turkewitz finds himself in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column. Just what was he doing with Selena Gomez while Justin Bieber wasn’t looking? [New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog]

    * Kristine Sperling left her position as a senior associate at Latham to start her own organic soap company. And, I’m assuming, an underground fight club. [Good Day Sacramento]

    * Saks has finally figured out that its stance on transgendered people wasn’t winning it any friends and withdrew its filing. [Jezebel]

    * The 2015 Social Media Subpoena Guide. Everything you need to know about getting all their best cookie recipes off Pinterest. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Tom Petty’s lawyers “Won’t Back Down” and now he’s getting royalties for that Sam Smith song. [Consequence of Sound]

    * Which law professor rules the Twitterverse? A comprehensive numerical analysis provides the answer. [Ryan Whalen]

    * A new, easy to use online version of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. If you’re into that kind of thing. [Federal Rules of Civil Procedure]

    * More accolades for Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). But you already know how good it is because you already have your copy, right? [The Florida Bar Journal]

    18 Comments / / Jan 26, 2015 at 5:02 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.23.15

    * Today’s NS is all about stupid stuff you shouldn’t do. A woman poured hot bacon grease on an ex-boyfriend “because it was time for him to go.” She’s going to spend a couple of years thinking about whether that was the best way of telling him. [The Seattle Times]

    * If you’re the kind of guy to skip hearings in felony narcotics cases, maybe don’t tattoo Tom Brady’s helmet on your skull. [The Smoking Gun]

    * Stonewalling federal judicial nominees. Not cool. [The Tennessean]

    * What the hell? Bigamy hearing for congressman’s wife delayed for emergency breast implant surgery. [The Big Story / Associated Press]

    * It’s another compilation of “crazy laws” from around the country. Whole bunches of stupid stuff you can’t do. [Slate]

    * Republicans swear up and down that the Affordable Care Act only provided subsidies for states that create exchanges. But if that’s the plan, they shouldn’t have left a paper trail of explicitly saying the opposite for years. [The New Republic]

    15 Comments / / Jan 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • amal and george clooney

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.22.15

    * A representative for Amal and George Clooney has denied the rumors of an impending divorce plastered all over the newsstands this week. “This story is totally made up in order to sell their magazines.” Now we can go back to wondering when Amal is planning to sue President Obama. [Aceshowbiz]

    * Roe v. Wade is 42 years old (or 126 trimesters) today. How much of the original holding is left? Not that much actually. [TBT Legal]

    * Some 1st or 2nd year in D.C. is banging another associate and felt obliged to give us an anonymous blow-by-blow account. Think of it as a Penthouse Letter to the ABA Journal. [Reddit]

    * Speaking of Penthouse, the affidavit from the Prince Andrew/Alan Dershowitz sex scandal is just bats**t amazeballs. Check out the full document on the next page. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * “Jews in the U.K. never won a reported discrimination case against non-Jewish defendants.” I mean, who’d have thought the country that brought us The Merchant of Venice would have issues with Jews? [Tablet]

    * Americans decry European laws prohibiting certain kinds of hate speech. But Professor Faisal Kutty explains that liberal societies have their own secular sacred cows even if they don’t want to admit it. [Al Jazeera]

    * If you presume the clientele for litigation financing services are helpless, you’re selling them short. [LFC 360]

    * The latest threat to unsuspecting Americans: zombie debt! [Public Justice]

    * NYU admits it probably should have told the police when a student allegedly lit a classmate on fire and videotaped it. Ugh. NYU’s gone soft. In my day, we set each other on fire all the time and we liked it dammit! [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    27 Comments / / Jan 22, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • unhealthy food

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.21.15

    * DWE? Guy gets ticketed for eating while driving. I mean, maybe if he were having spaghetti behind the wheel. [WSB TV]

    * Older lawyers need to get over themselves and figure out how computers work. Millennials have better things to do than save your documents for you. [2Civility]

    * Lobbying firms made bank last year. Squire Patton Boggs not so much. [Washington Post]

    * Proposals abound to change the way courts issue warrants for online evidence. Wait, they still need warrants for online activity? That’s not the sense I’d gotten over the last couple of years. [Associate’s Mind]

    * You can give a cop the finger. Didn’t know we needed a decision on this one. [Countercurrent News]

    * New Jersey had to issue an ethical opinion because two judges were spending their free time going to dinner with a guy indicted for corruption. Another one where I didn’t think we needed a decision. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Time for a good cause: Attorney Bernardo Cuadra is running the Boston Marathon to raise money for MS research. [National MS Society]

    * Lat does another interview about Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) [Enchanting Lawyer]

    14 Comments / / Jan 21, 2015 at 5:04 PM
  • tax law RF

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.20.15

    * ♫If you wannabe happy for the rest of your life…♫ be a tax lawyer. After all, they’re like rock stars. [Vault]

    * Possibly the world’s most expensive sex. It doesn’t involve Ashley Dupré, but it does involve the American health care system. [Daily Telegraph]

    * A possible preview of Justice Alito’s upcoming dissent in the marriage equality decision. [The Onion]

    * Maybe on the more serious side, here’s Elizabeth Wydra charting the course of the Supreme Court and matrimony in anticipation of the upcoming marriage equality case. [Tampa Tribune]

    * Why Best Value is a better alternative to LPTA. This is not a guide for prospective law students, but it could be. [Government Executive]

    * A wide-ranging talk with Professor Khiara Bridges of Boston University School of Law about law, reproductive rights, and classical ballet. [Hsu Untied]

    * Let the breakdown continue: California’s out of state bar exam pass rates. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * The legal fiction that are Biglaw firms. [Think Outside the Bar]

    * Looking for some CLE in L.A.? On Thursday, Judge Alex Kozinski and our own David Lat will be chatting about judging, clerking, ethics, and ambition. [Supreme Ambitions]

    4 Comments / / Jan 20, 2015 at 5:01 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.16.15

    * It’s on. SCOTUS grants cert in marriage equality cases. [Supreme Court]

    * Law schools are admitting students who have no real hope of passing a bar exam. But keep talking about academic integrity! [TaxProf Blog]

    * The Daily Show looks at Alabama’s Attorneys for Fetuses law, the impetus for the CLE “Charging an arm and a leg when your client doesn’t have an arm or a leg.” [Mediaite]

    * A follow-up on the Yale mental health survey and the challenges facing the legal profession. [Law and More]

    * Justice may get a little more affordable in New York. [LFC360]

    * One Virginia lawyer is staying open despite Counter-Civil Rights Day Lee-Jackson Day. [Katz Justice]

    * AG Holder puts a stop to the government’s Equitable Sharing program, which was a nice way of saying the “police stealing things from people” program. [Washington Post]

    * School chancellor: “After careful consideration, I’ve concluded that enlisting our students as confidential informants is fundamentally inconsistent with our core values.” Would have been better to have figured that out before a student died while acting as an informant. [Redline]

    * Another review for Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). Check it out. [Blog Talk Radio]

    29 Comments / / Jan 16, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • beer craft beer

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.15.14

    beer craft beer* Lagunitas sued Sierra Nevada over beer. Beer connoisseurs pulled themselves out of their own vomit to tweet their disapproval. And it worked, Lagunitas dropped the suit. Imagine if we could harness the power of drunks for good. Or evil. Just anything. [SF Gate]

    * Musing that maybe that daunting LSAT was the obstacle keeping students from filling seats, University of San Diego Law just opened up the school to USD grads — no LSAT required. [University of San Diego School of Law]

    * Saks has heard the public backlash against its assertion that transgender people deserve no legal protections in the workplace and responded by… reasserting that transgendered people have no rights. [Slate]

    * Fashion law isn’t just for Elle Woods acolytes anymore. [Racked]

    * Ninth Circuit does not take kindly to a state prosecutor who lied under oath. [Seeking-Justice]

    * SCOTUS justices don’t have to recuse themselves, and when they do, they don’t have to explain why. Let’s look at the recusals this Term and venture a guess at why each justice sat out. [Fix the Court]

    * NY subways boast some ridiculous safety posters to cover themselves legally. Here’s a breakdown of their latest efforts. [NY Observer]

    * Checking in on the always messed up developments down at Manhattan Supreme Court. [Wise Law NY]

    * “Good news for law grads and law schools!” article ends up buried in a sea of caveats. Because of course it does. [TaxProf Blog]

    8 Comments / / Jan 15, 2015 at 5:33 PM
  • rock concert

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.14.15

    * Judge really, really works hard to make classic rock references in this opinion. Guess he Can’t Get Enough of his Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Trouble in paradise? Well, no. But trouble in D.C.: American University law professor accuses George Washington Law of predatory poaching. [TaxProf Blog]

    * America should offer a $200 tax credit for political contributions. As always, you can buy more tax loopholes with higher contributions. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Baby justices are hatching from their eggs. [The Onion]

    * New York City Council member is looking to cap Uber’s surge pricing at 2x. Or, you know, people could use the function on the app that tells you how much you’re going to be charged. [Gawker]

    * Continuing analysis of the California Bar Exam results. In case you were wondering how the correspondence and distance learning schools performed. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * The Supreme Court hands down an interesting sentencing law opinion today. Finally, I got a FantasySCOTUS prediction (mostly) right! [Sentencing Law and Policy]

    * If lowly work were considered cool, we wouldn’t have all those annoying stereotypes sitting next to us. [Law and More]

    1 Comment / / Jan 14, 2015 at 5:35 PM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.13.15

    * From the “Why the hell didn’t you settle this?” file: Now that Alexandra Marchuk’s case against Faruqi & Faruqi and Juan Monteverde has gone to trial, it seems the firm is getting all sorts of publicity — mostly negative. [New York Post]

    * Supreme Court justices are really just like us… they show up late to work, too. Because Justice Antonin Scalia was stuck in traffic this morning, Chief Justice John Roberts had to summarize two of Scalia’s opinions from the bench. Oops! [NPR]

    * Speaking of Justice Scalia, the Supreme jurist managed to sneak in a citation to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in his opinion in Whitfield v. United States to show the common usage of the word “accompany.” [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Remember Dennis Doyle, the lawyer who lost his job and dropped $25K to see every single Knicks game this season? He said this of his tragic endeavor: “I can’t shut it down. I’m in too deep. … I’ll see it through—if it doesn’t kill me first.” [Bleacher Report]

    * An Idaho prosecutor is having regrets over the fact that he chose to issue an arrest warrant for a 9-year-old boy on gum-stealing charges, calling it “a mistake under the circumstances.” That kid must be the coolest on the playground. [ABA Journal]

    * “Trying to suppress [the value of parody] with violence is a fool’s errand.” In the wake of the horror of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, it’s worth recognizing that here in the U.S., we owe much to rappers who have capitalized on free speech. [LinkedIn]

    12 Comments / / Jan 13, 2015 at 5:00 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.12.15

    * The case for rotating Chief Justices. Because the Supreme Court should operate more like your PTA. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Finally a solution to police misconduct that might actually work. But it doesn’t result in a boondoggle to camera manufacturing defense contractors, so there’s no way this will end up happening. [Redline]

    * Last month we put out an APB for Bobby Chen, Supreme Court litigant. Well, no luck. The Supreme Court dropped his case. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Boies Schiller announces the hiring of Matthew Schwartz and John Zach to launch a new Global Investigations and White Collar Defense practice area. Read up on their exploits at the U.S. Attorney’s Office with this detailed account of the prosecution of the Madoff Five. [Forbes]

    * Mark Hermann explained the importance of trust in his article today. Here are 5 tips for building that reputation. [Law and More]

    * Who regulated qualified health claims? It might just be “no one.” [Inside Counsel]

    * The contestants on @Midnight last week tackled the curious case of Michael A. Fiumara and his sex doll interview advertisement. They start dealing with Fiumara at the 23:44. [Comedy Central]

    7 Comments / / Jan 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Ted Cruz LF R Ted Cruz Texas flag

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.09.15

    Ted Cruz LF R Ted Cruz Texas flag* Ted Cruz Goes To Jury Duty is the Ernest Goes To Camp of a new generation. [NBC News]

    * Former Judge Mike Maggio has graced our pages with his disgrace before when he admitted to making racist and sexist remarks about Charlize Theron’s adoption. Well, he just pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges. Looks like he’ll Geaux to prison. [Arkansas Times]

    * Faced with allegations that it discriminated against a trans woman, Saks takes the curious legal stance that it had the legal right to discriminate. I’d say that takes balls, but… [Slate]

    * A hearing board in Illinois just recommended a one-year suspension of former Sidley Austin and present DLA Piper attorney Lee Smolen. Maybe he could spend that time with his kids. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Fourth Circuit rules that you can’t set up unconstitutional barriers to abortion. Nothing to do with the woman’s rights of course, but because it might impact the doctor’s free speech. [Dorf on Law]

    * Fired for wife-swapping. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Jones Day accuses a federal judge of bias in benchslap appeal. Meanwhile, trial lawyers are filing amicus briefs backing the judge. [ACEDS]

    * Technology and outsourcing have totally jacked the careers of Biglaw associates. You already knew this, but now there’s a paper! [TaxProf Blog]

    11 Comments / / Jan 9, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Steve Kroft

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.08.15

    * 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft got to live out many an American’s fantasy: he got to screw a lawyer, again and again. [Gawker]

    * “I guess if I had to change one thing, it would have been to go to law school after college. But I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up until I actually grew up, and by then it was a little too late for those goals.” [XX Factor / Slate]

    * Hoboken councilwoman Beth Mason and her husband, Wachtell Lipton partner Ricky Mason, just got hit with more than $40,000 dollars in fines for election finance reporting violations. [Politicker NJ]

    * Some thoughts from Professor Jonathan Adler on standing up for free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings. [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Speaking of Charlie Hebdo, Professor Ann Althouse isn’t a fan of slobbery kisses. [Althouse]

    * How do legal rules contribute to the evolution of the institution of marriage? Thoughts from Professors Naomi Cahn and June Carbone. [Concurring Opinions]

    15 Comments / / Jan 8, 2015 at 5:03 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.07.15

    * This editorial must have been so much fun to write. Local newspaper tees off on petty local politician who threatened to sue them for using his name without his permission. Like, in a story about him. Welcome to First Amendment 101, dude. Professor Volokh has some fun commentary. [The Frederick News-Post]

    * A new Congress gets down to business today, and they begin by proposing a solution to the biggest issue in America by floating a national abortion ban. Well, they have to talk about something now that Obama’s got the Dow around 18,000. [ThinkProgress]

    * Not really legal, but Archer’s back. Holly Anderson talks to the executive producer about this season. [Grantland]

    * Harold Hamm’s ex-wife rejected a $974 million check. I just want to know what purchase she wants to make that has her saying, “Eh, I’ve got to pass on that $974 million.” [The Oklahoman]

    * Keeping politics out of King v. Burwell is like making a Fast & Furious movie without Vin Diesel. Sure you can do it, but it’s gonna suck. [The New Republic]

    * What the future holds for “just-in-time” workers like Alex Rich. [Law and More]

    * The minds behind the Notorious R.B.G. meme have a book deal! And it’s a Justice Ginsburg biography. Bring it on. [New York Magazine]

    * David keeps on touring America talking about Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) — and also much, much more (including revelations about his personal life). This time it’s an interview with WHYY in Philly. [WHYY]

    https://soundcloud.com/whyy-public-media/david-lats-supreme-ambitions-legal-blogs-and-the-supreme-court

    19 Comments / / Jan 7, 2015 at 5:36 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.06.15

    * Governor Chris Christie was worried America didn’t realize he has no respect for his constituents and is a complete fake, so he’s publicly rooting for the Dallas Cowboys over any of the three teams real New Jersey residents root for. He’s also possibly violating ethics rules. [The Legal Blitz / ATL Redline]

    * Screech is going to trial. [Associated Press / Yahoo! News]

    * New dean at USC. Who is it? [USC Gould School of Law]

    * As the Supreme Court stares down the barrel of some highly political cases, will Chief Justice Roberts live up to his promise of non-partisanship? [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * Judge Richard Kopf reviews our own Mark Hermann’s book, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law (affiliate link). The verdict? It’s curmudgeon-y. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * David appeared on MSNBC’s The Docket today to discuss Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [MSNBC]

    * The GOP is very, very against using the popular vote to elect a president which they characterize as an effort to “steal the presidency.” Seriously. [Concurring Opinions]

    16 Comments / / Jan 6, 2015 at 5:33 PM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia headshot

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.05.15

    Bryan Garner Antonin-Scalia-Richard-Posner-Justice-Scalia-Judge-Posner-Bryan-A-Garner-300x105* Justice Scalia’s audition tape released including “rigorous mock hearings and jurisprudence drills, as well as a cold read from a randomly chosen amicus curiae brief.” [The Onion]

    * Jesus, Harvard professors are frigging babies. Now they’re complaining about Obamacare because they have to pay $20 co-pays… like everyone else in the world since seemingly forever. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Don’t try to blow up ATMs. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Professor Thane Rosenbaum reviews Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). While he adds to the accolades, he also drops this curious description: “Think Bartleby, The Scrivener meets The Devil Wears Prada.” Um, “I prefer not to”? [Huffington Post]

    * It’s time for the Careerist Awards! [The Careerist]

    * Which law school in California provided the most “value add,” as measured by most improved bar passage rate over expectations? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Hsu’s continuing interview series sits down with another former Shearman attorney, Drew Shoals, now the drummer for Train. Otherwise known as “that band drunk 20-something white girls love.” [Hsu Untied]

    7 Comments / / Jan 5, 2015 at 5:29 PM
  • ambulance

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    Non-Sequiturs: 01.02.15

    * Nice try. Woman tries to add insurance coverage from the ambulance after the crash. [Legal Juice]

    * Charles Pierce is a great writer. Not that keen at sports prognostication, though. I’ll let Urban Meyer respond to Pierce’s prediction of a “whopping win” by Florida State. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * You’ve seen our 10 most read stories of the year. Check out the top 10 from our friends across the pond. [Legal Cheek]

    * “Conservatism and porn.” OK, Professor Nita Farahany. You know how to get the attention of Above the Law. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * “NEW YORK POLICE SHOOTING ATTORNEYS.” Perhaps not the most lucid headline. [Sullivan Papain]

    * Writing a blog post about a judge’s on-the-record comments is not defamation. Unfortunately we actually needed a ruling on that one. [New York Law Journal]

    * Are you at AALS? Here’s a Happy Hour for you! [Concurring Opinions]

    8 Comments / / Jan 2, 2015 at 12:45 PM
  • police

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    Non-Sequiturs: 12.31.14

    * In protest, the NYPD has adopted a policy of only making arrests “when they have to.” Shouldn’t that have been the policy all along? Maybe this petulant protest is a good thing after all. [New York Post]

    * Michigan banned college athletes from unionizing. Which makes sense because this is an amateur activity that couldn’t possibly afford to pay the students taking risks on the field. In other news, on the exact same day the state of Michigan agreed to pay $5 million a year to the guy who will yell at those same kids. [M Live]

    * Do you want a Bryan Garner Bobblehead? For charity? Of course you do. [Law Prose]

    * Boies Schiller steps into the Octagon. [Yahoo! Sports]

    * Lawyers are sneaking religion into court much more frequently these days. [What About Clients?]

    * More fallout from the California Bar Exam results. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * The D.D.C. declined to enjoin Abd Al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al Nashiri’s military commission trial. Professor Vladeck thinks this decision is dumb. [Lawfare]

    * While we’re on the subject of law professors dissing dumb legal arguments, Professor Barnett has some real problems with Nebraska and Oklahoma trying to use Raich to sue Colorado. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Why the f**k should you care about net neutrality? Here’s why:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8bV8IhbRrQ

    4 Comments / / Dec 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM
  • Saved by the Bell

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    Non-Sequiturs: 12.30.14

    * In all the excitement of being back yesterday, I’d forgotten to note that TV’s Screech was arrested for allegedly stabbing a guy in Wisconsin. Mr. Belding is reportedly pissed. [ABC News]

    * United Airlines is suing a 22-year-old for pointing out that they routinely rip-off passengers. Sounds… well, a lot like something United Airlines would do. [WGN]

    * Boston law schools lose over a third of their enrollment. Except Harvard. Harvard’s doing just fine. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Following up on the release of the July 2014 California bar results, here’s a breakdown that includes an examination of first-time vs. repeater results. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * President adopts a werewolf. There’s one important reason you haven’t seen this on Fox News yet. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Want to test yourself with a Con Law final exam about Ebola? [Dorf on Law]

    7 Comments / / Dec 30, 2014 at 5:01 PM

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