Free Speech

  • devil's advocate

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.26.14

    Ed. note: Above the Law will be dark on Thanksgiving and on a reduced publishing schedule on Friday, November 28, while we recover from turkey-induced comas.

    * Holy backfire Batman! Florida desperately wanted to display a nativity scene in the State Capitol because it’s more important than making real laws. Now they’re probably going to be forced to display a scene from the Satanic Temple. [Slate]

    * Researchers assert that college prestige has no bearing on the quality of the teaching. Would this carry over to law schools? [TaxProf Blog]

    * The National Bar Association, representing predominantly African-American attorneys and judges, has issued a response to the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting. [The National Bar Association]

    * Speaking of Ferguson, apparently the investigator listed Darren Wilson as the “victim.” If you needed any more evidence of the power of semantics. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The CATO Institute talks about the First Amendment and One, Inc. v. Olesen. It’s an hour-and-a-half panel discussion. Pretty impressive for a 24-word (plus one citation) decision. [C-SPAN]

    * Is it a lie? Well, that depends on what your definition of “lie” is? [Dorf on Law]

    * Are over the knee boots appropriate office attire? [Corporette]

    * 8 women who left the law to follow their passions. [One 400]

    * Yesterday, we suggested you should write more thank you notes. Well, here are some reasons why you shouldn’t. [The Muse ]

    29 Comments / / Nov 26, 2014 at 1:41 PM
  • "Dating Coach" Julien Blanc

    Free Speech, Racism, Romance and Dating, Sexism, Sexual Harassment

    Pick-Up Artist Gets Hilariously Scathing Legal Rebuke

    “Julien Blanc may bully Japanese girls, but he will not bully our client.”

    67 Comments / / Nov 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM
  • angel-devil

    Free Speech, Technology

    Student Facing Terroristic Threat Charges After Decorating High School Bathroom With Laughable ‘Satanic’ Graffiti

    Today’s “terroristic threat” is brought to you by a very disappointed Satan. Apparently, this graffiti first appeared in a Brownsboro High School

    27 Comments / / Nov 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM
  • 41YtD+ApH+L

    Free Speech, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Social Media, Sports, State Judges, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.22.14

    * A Saul Goodman Bobblehead. You know you want it. [Amazon (affiliate link)] * It looks like that Jimmy John’s non-compete agreement we reported on is going to spawn a congressional inquiry. [Huffington Post] * His dreams of becoming a solicitor were sidetracked when he was “jailed for slapping a sleeping woman in the face […]

    8 Comments / / Oct 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • 20131011153017!Nobel_Prize

    9th Circuit, Free Speech, Gay, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.16.14

    * TSA vs. the Nobel Prize. [Lowering the Bar]

    * A judge accidentally leaked the name of a juvenile in a juvenile sex case. But more to the point, this case is about a boy having a three-way with two of his English teachers on one of the teacher’s birthdays. I mean… South Park. [The Times-Picayune]

    * Teaching torts rots your brain. Maybe. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Houston officials are backing away from their subpoena of sermons delivered by anti-gay pastors trying to get their congregation to sign petitions — even if the signatures were potentially fraudulent. [The Blaze]

    * Stand Your Ground laws find new ways to be dumb. More cases of abused women trying to evoke Stand Your Ground laws and being told that states really only meant for those to protect white dudes shooting black kids. [Slate]

    * A funny and insightful look at exactly how hearings go down at Gitmo. [New Jurist]

    * A federal judge has recused the entire Eastern District of California from a case on the basis of allegations that federal prosecutors systematically defrauded the court. Prosecutors misbehaving? That’s unpossible! [New York Observer]

    19 Comments / / Oct 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • gagged woman LF2

    Celebrities, Contracts, Defamation, Fat People, Free Speech, Weirdness

    A Case That Will Make You Want To Gag

    Can the maker of a product use contract law to shut up its users?

    18 Comments / / Oct 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM
  • Policeman looking frustrated

    Free Speech, Police, Technology

    Cop To Cameraman: ‘If You’re Invoking Your Rights, You Must Be Doing Something Wrong’

    America in the 21st Century is not as up on the Bill of Rights as you’d hope.

    37 Comments / / Sep 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM
  • dartboard pen on target inside straight

    Free Speech, Guns / Firearms, In-House Counsel, Politics, Religion, Theater, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    On Beheadings, Shootings, And ‘The Book Of Mormon’

    In-house columnist Mark Herrmann looks at some hot-button issues with a fresh perspective.

    14 Comments / / Sep 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM
  • WalterSobchak-RF

  • Purpleheart

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Free Speech

    On Remand: Purple Hearts And (Not So) White Lies

    Why it’s not a good idea to emulate the guys from Wedding Crashers.

    1 Comment / / Aug 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM
  • pizza pepperoni pizza

    6th Circuit, Bar Exams, Football, Free Speech, Job Searches, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Securities and Exchange Commission, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.01.14

    * Law student wants some goddamned pizza. [Huffington Post]

    * Elie called for ExamSoft to refund the victims in the so-called #Barghazi incident. Now there’s a petition for that. [Change.org]

    * Litigiousness: now in infographic form! [Thomas Barry Solicitors]

    * In New York, an appellate court upheld a decision requiring a bank to forfeit interest and attorney fees for dragging out a foreclosure settlement conference through 18 court dates spanning 16 months. If you outlaw needlessly dragging out litigation to bully the other side, only outlaws will drag out litigation to bully the other side. [WiseLawNY]

    * The importance of the Sarah Jones appeal. [The Legal Blitz]

    * If you’re looking for a job, the SEC is announcing a new initiative to hire a bunch of lawyers. Including lawyers from the class of 2015! [USAJobs]

    4 Comments / / Aug 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM
  • Kung_Pao_chicken_(western_version)_-1

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Blogging, Celebrities, Free Speech, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Politics, R. Ted Cruz, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.30.14

    * Court needed a Chinese language interpreter. Rather than find a professional legal interpreter, the judge just told the lawyer to head down to the local Chinese restaurant and grab somebody. [Legal Cheek]

    * News from former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s trial. As one tipster summed up the story: “Hon, I think I dropped my keys under that bus. Would you take a look?” [Slate]

    * Everyone concedes Ted Cruz is smart. Why exactly? [Salon]

    * A follow-up from a previous story: Connolly, Geaney, Ablitt & Willard shuts down after the foreclosure market that made them turned on them. [Mass Lawyers Weekly (sub. req.)]

    * Interesting look at the volume of patent cases throughout history. Check out the troll phenomenon with charts! [Patently-O]

    * More folks wasting time complaining about blog posts. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Clint Eastwood talks with Chief Judge Kozinski and Judge Fisher at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. These days it’s exciting whenever Clint isn’t talking to an empty chair. Video embedded below… [YouTube]

    2 Comments / / Jul 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM
  • Juggalo Washington

    5th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Contract Attorneys, Free Speech, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.16.14

    * The Insane Clown Posse is appealing their loss in the “Juggalos aren’t gang members” case. F**king lawsuits, how do they work? [Lowering the Bar]

    * After losing before the Supreme Court, the University of Texas affirmative action admissions program looked to be in serious trouble. But the Fifth Circuit just ruled that the UT policy met the strict-scrutiny analysis mandated by the Court. The lesson for Abigail Fisher is once more, “How about you get better grades instead of whining?” Or at least “Get politically connected.” [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Apple agrees to a conditional $450 million settlement with the NYAG’s office in the e-book suit. So you might get some money back from the 50 Shades of Grey purchase. [Reuters]

    * The Manassas city police have decided not to engage in kiddie porn pursuant to a warrant. Good for them. [Washington Post]

    * “Judges are not deities. They are humans.” Let’s not tell Lat, the shock might kill him. [Katz Justice]

    * Maybe it’s time lawyers started looking out for each other. This is a theme we’ve touched on before. [Law and More]

    * The hell? Parents arrested for letting their 9-year-old go to the park alone? Suffocating parenting is bad enough without the government expecting it of parents. [Slate]

    * CPAs are suing the IRS because the regulation of tax preparers lacks Congressional approval. Because we need more folks off the street claiming to be tax preparers. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Lawyer and former South Carolina GOP executive director Todd Kincannon is under investigation by the South Carolina Office of Disciplinary Counsel for basically being a dick on Twitter. As Ken White notes, the First Amendment is all about giving guys like this a forum. [Slate]

    7 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Confederate Texas Jalopnik

    Free Speech, Racism, Texas

    Confederate License Plates Should Ruin License Plates For Everybody

    To stop the Confederate Flag, we must first stop the Union’s recognition of specialty license plates

    33 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 4:21 PM
  • toilet

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, Courthouses, Disasters / Emergencies, Food, Free Speech, Morning Docket, S.D.N.Y., SCOTUS, Supreme Court, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Morning Docket: 06.27.14

    * Funny that SCOTUS just struck down a law imposing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, yet it heavily enforces its own buffer zone. Some call it “supreme irony.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Despite the slacking demand for legal services — down by 8.8 percent in terms of billable hours — members of the Am Law 100 still managed to keep their heads above water. [Am Law Daily]

    * Lorin Reisner, chief of the criminal division of S.D.N.Y.’s USAO and Preet Bharara’s right-hand man on Wall Street convictions, is leaving for greener pastures at Paul Weiss. Congrats! [Reuters]

    * New York State’s highest court has rejected New York City’s ban on gigantic drinks that was previously proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Go on, have yourself a nice Quadruple Big Gulp. [Bloomberg]

    * When the long arm of the law flushes the toilet, it sometimes explodes, raining down jagged shards of justice. But on a more serious note, we’re happy no one was hurt at this courthouse. [Billings Gazette]

    3 Comments / / Jun 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM
  • abortion debate

    Abortion, Free Speech, John Roberts, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Why Conservatives Should Be Disappointed In A 9-0 Ruling In Favor of Abortion Opponents

    Conservative columnist Tamara Tabo wonders: Why does John Roberts keep breaking her heart?

    23 Comments / / Jun 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM
  • jlo-onthe6-gal-RF

    Celebrities, Defamation, Free Speech

    Scathing Letter Suggests Smart Lawyer A Dumb [Expletive]

    Jennifer Lopez’s ex accused of cheating on her with transsexuals. His lawyer threatens to sue. What comes next is a hilarious smackdown about the First Amendment.

    18 Comments / / Jun 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM
  • curse1

    Airplanes / Aviation, Federal Circuit, Federal Judges, Free Speech, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Police

    Morning Docket: 06.06.14

    * Federal judges frequently fly across the globe on other people’s dime for conferences and symposia, but 2012′s most frequent flyer is a judge who was recently embroiled in an ethics scandal: Randall Rader of the Federal Circuit. [National Law Journal]

    * Even though she claims nothing is “fundamentally broken,” Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed “sweeping” new stock market regulations in an attempt to get with the times. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * U. of Maine wants to combine its business and law schools, but professors are concerned about pressing questions like, “What will the diploma say?” rather than, “Do I get to keep my job?” [Portland Press Herald]

    * Law schools are seen as cash cows for their affiliated undergraduate universities, but this law school is hurting so bad for cash due to low enrollment the university is infusing it with millions. [Minnesota Daily]

    * A Pennsylvania man is suing his local police department for First Amendment violations after he was arrested for cursing in front of officers. N.W.A has a song this guy would like. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

    1 Comment / / Jun 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM