Animal Law

  • The Donald

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.19.15

    * Unsurprising: Donald Trump does not understand the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments. Surprising: Bill O’Reilly comes off as a defender of the 14th Amendment. [Politico]

    * On the subject of Donald Trump and birthright citizenship: here’s a primer on the history of the law. [The Guardian]

    * An analysis of the laws and contracts that govern student athletes. You already know they get screwed, right? [Legal Blitz]

    * Apparently animal trials — actual animals on trial — were a real thing. Mind blown. [Slate]

    * Even famous people have to deal with legal technicalities. [Jezebel]

    * Is Hillary blowing it when it comes to her tone? Is her legal training to blame? [Law and More]

    16 Comments / / Aug 19, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • (Photo via James Price)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.18.15

    * Talk about Texas justice: After an elderly couple called animal control on a family with four dogs and caused them to be assessed a $121 fine, the dog-owning family posted this eloquently worded sign on their lawn. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * Chicago Blawkhawks hockey player Patrick Kane has been accused of rape, so naturally, his lawyer took to Facebook to defend his client in a hat trick of idiocy by engaging with bloggers, commenters, and witnesses, as one does. [CBS Chicago]

    * Just when you thought you’d memorized all of the hearsay exceptions, the judiciary says it’s thinking of tossing one out. It may be popular on the bar exam, but it’s time to say goodbye to the otherwise rarely used ancient documents rule. [National Law Journal]

    * British firms are borrowing “record sums” to fund expansion, and many have increased associate pay to compete with the U.S. firms with higher pay scales across the pond. Perhaps Biglaw firms ought to consider spreading the wealth over here. [Financial Times]

    * After having served 10 months in prison for killing his girlfriend, a law school graduate turned model, Oscar Pistorius is ready to move on to “mansion arrest” for the remainder of his sentence. Man, it must be nice to be a wealthy convict in South Africa. [Reuters]

    26 Comments / / Aug 18, 2015 at 8:55 AM
  • Walter Palmer Lion buttface

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.05.15

    * “There are no bathrooms, no air-conditioning, no good food. You don’t usually get good cellphone reception, either, and you can’t just quit and go somewhere comfortable.” Surprisingly, this Biglaw partner isn’t talking about his firm’s working conditions. [Miami Herald]

    * It’s going to be difficult for U.S. authorities to prosecute Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s beloved lion, Cecil. Bringing this guy down under the Lacey Act is going to be a real task. If only this were a Pixar movie with a happy ending. :( [Reuters]

    * SCOTUS justices are jet-setting across the world this summer, with RBG in South Korea and Vietnam, Roberts in Japan, Scalia in Italy, Kennedy in Austria, and Breyer in England. Let’s hope no one has to evacuate a plane via emergency chute. [National Law Journal]

    * If you’re considering applying to law school and you decide to visit one this summer, aside from students huddled in dark corners of the library who are crying over their employment prospects, there are a few things you should be looking for. [U.S. News]

    * The mother of Sandra Bland, the woman who hanged herself in a Texas jail cell last month, has filed a wrongful-death suit, alleging that her daughter shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place and was improperly supervised by guards. [New York Times]

    32 Comments / / Aug 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Walter Palmer Dentist Office Memorial

    Animal Law

    Mob Justice Happens When Real Justice Fails

    The counter-narrative to the backlash to the Cecil-the-Lion backlash is that mob rule is sometimes right.

    0 Comments / / Jul 31, 2015 at 9:53 AM
  • 800px-Lion_in_masai_mara

    White-Collar Crime

    Prison For The Lion Killer! Prison For Everyone!

    Why is the answer to everything always prison?

    90 Comments / / Jul 30, 2015 at 10:34 AM
  • Walter Palmer Lion buttface

    Animal Law

    Getting Zimbabwe To Prosecute Walter Palmer Will Be Tricky

    The complicated relationship between Zimbabwe and America will help Walter Palmer escape justice.

    0 Comments / / Jul 28, 2015 at 4:06 PM
  • PETCO

    Animal Law

    When PETCO Kills Your Dog

    Even when it’s a horror story, you can’t recover a lot when a store kills your dog.

    0 Comments / / Jun 3, 2015 at 4:18 PM
  • Chimpanzee Phone USE

    Animal Law

    No, A Judge Didn’t Say Chimpanzees Are People

    No, a judge didn’t really say chimpanzees have personhood — check out the order.

    8 Comments / / Apr 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM
  • Snickers-broken

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.14.15

    * Not going anywhere for a while? Try a Snickers. Just don’t try to write it off as a business expense. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Toilet cameras involve moral turpitude. This is an opinion that needed to be written. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Police decline to charge Dwight Howard with child abuse. He’d allegedly punished his child with his belt, which is nowhere near as bad as letting them walk outside alone (if you listen to Elie’s rants). [ESPN]

    * There’s no bar exam too small for his analysis: North Dakota’s February results. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * A look back at the Lincoln assassination 150 years later. Something like this would never happen today — probably because Lincoln would still be on the waiting list for Book of Mormon. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * I knew SeaWorld was in trouble when I saw a glossy commercial during primetime television explaining how great they are. And my instincts were right — they’ve been hit with three salacious lawsuits in a month. [The Dodo]

    * Oh, the things you learn from lawsuits! Find out exactly how the WWE feels about your city. Getting dissed by Vince McMahon must sting. [411Mania]

    * If you’re in Chicago or Los Angeles, you should come out to see David discuss his new book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Supreme Ambitions]

    12 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • chicken and egg

    Animal Law, Public Interest

    Ag-Gag Laws Are Lawsuit Fodder

    All told, there’s not much further from the public interest than ag-gag laws. Why’s that the case?

    20 Comments / / Mar 24, 2015 at 3:13 PM
  • 640px-Viagra_in_Pack

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.16.14

    * Law firm suffers Viagra hack. If it persists for more than four hours… [Legal Cheek]

    * An in-depth and frightening look at “Witness 40″ in the Ferguson Grand Jury proceedings: a bipolar woman with a long history of making racist comments who lived nowhere near Ferguson and testified only after Officer Wilson’s story was revealed — which she parroted back. Bob McCulloch thought this was a stellar witness. Bob McCulloch is also bad at his job. [The Smoking Gun]

    * Charleston local government wants InfiLaw out of town. Is there anyone left who wants InfiLaw to take over Charleston? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Congratulations to U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña on her confirmation as head of ICE. [International Business Times]

    * Pet piercing will soon be illegal in New York, so get that dope nose ring for your dog today! [Lowering the Bar]

    * Canadian “band” Skinny Puppy demands $660,000 from the U.S. government for using their music as torture material without permission. As a compromise can we just pledge to strap Dick Cheney down and force him to listen to 15 consecutive hours of Skinny Puppy and call it a day? [Gawker]

    * Cleveland WR Andrew Hawkins pens a thorough, even-handed takedown of butthurt police union leaders demanding he apologize for taking the stance that police should try not to kill unarmed 12-year-olds. So apparently this is what the Browns are good at. [Talking Points Memo]

    * David chats about the backstory behind Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link).

    20 Comments / / Dec 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM
  • Oh New York, why did you have to make Caesar angry?

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.05.14

    * New York has rejected recognizing a chimpanzee as a “person.” [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Which law schools are most conservative? Most liberal? [FiveThirtyEight]

    * Elie’s new job as “deal judge.” [Dealbreaker]

    * Lawyer suspended amid accusations that he sexted three clients with nude photos of himself and told one “she could ‘ride bareback’ with him.” [ABA Journal]

    * Duquesne says it denied professor tenure because she was bad at the whole “teaching” part of her job. Whoa! When has that ever mattered to tenure? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Josh and Jess sit down with Judge Matthew Sciarrino to talk about the new Star Wars trailer. I don’t know. Looks kind of boring. We need George Lucas to spice it up with a Special Edition version. [The Legal Geeks]

    * Prosecutor recites “Dixie” at closing argument of a black man’s trial. [Idaho Statesman]

    9 Comments / / Dec 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM
  • cigarette

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.03.14

    * As we’ve addressed, the grand jury declined to indict the officer in the police-cause homicide — per the medical examiner — of Eric Garner. [New York Times]

    * This is a good time to remember Eric Garner was killed for the horrible crime of selling loosies, a product that developed a black market in NYC in response to rising cigarette taxes. Evading cigarette taxes should be a crime. But, like, a “here’s your $50 ticket” crime, not the death penalty. [Huffington Post]

    * An anonymous Georgetown law student has filed suit against the school and one of its instructors, Rabbi Barry Freundel, for “luring her to the bath as part of her studies at the school.” And who didn’t have that lesson in Civ Pro? [Washington Post]

    * Another in the continuing series looking back on a decade of Chief Justice Roberts. This time looking back at the slow and steady drive to curtail women’s rights. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Remember the woman suing the owner of the dog that her dogs killed? She’s dropped her suit. [ABC News]

    * The Bar Association of San Francisco is hosting an event next Tuesday featuring Chief Judge Alex Kozinski entitled: The Wizard of Koz. Um, may not be the best time to use to “Cos” sound in a title. But that aside, it promises to be an interesting event if you’re in the area. [San Francisco Bar]

    * Brian Finch of Pillsbury Winthrop talks cyberattacks and admits what everyone else wants to deny: law firms are a weak link in cybersecurity. [Bloomberg TV]

    10 Comments / / Dec 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM
  • pitbull-dog-breed_1407310327

    Animal Law

    Woman Suing Owner Of Dog Killed By Her Dogs For $1 Million

    This takes some gall. And some stupidity.

    46 Comments / / Nov 17, 2014 at 3:17 PM
  • Chimpanzee Phone RF

    Animal Law, Lawsuit of the Day

    Appeals Court Hears Chimpanzee Rights Case

    Is New York on the brink of a revolution in animal law? Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!

    99 Comments / / Oct 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM
  • Animal rights

    Animal Law

    Dogs Go To Heaven, Animal Abusers Go To Jail

    The law is coming after animal abusers.

    65 Comments / / Oct 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM
  • Moose stopping

    Animal Law, Canada, Plaintiffs Firms

    Moose Law

    This is why God made personal injury lawyers.

    21 Comments / / Sep 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM
  • Dinosaurs

    Animal Law

    Nightmare At The Museum? The Resurrection of Extinct Species Is Coming

    A look back at the fate of the passenger pigeon, the legal implications of efforts to resurrect the bird and other extinct species, and the courtroom drama over a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.

    7 Comments / / Sep 2, 2014 at 2:11 PM