Jacques Verges

Martin Lipton?

* Former SCOTUS clerks earn more money for having clerked at the high court than SCOTUS justices earn for their yearly salaries. Consider how ridiculous that is. [The Economist]

* As it turns out, the National Security Agency oversteps its legal authority thousands of times each year, but that’s only because it’s a “human-run agency.” [Washington Post]

* Federal judges have come together to bemoan sequestration. “We do not have projects or programs to cut; we only have people.” Eep! Don’t give them any ideas. [National Law Journal]

* Ready, set, lawgasm! The comment period for proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure opened up yesterday, and yet again, e-discovery rules are on the table for debate. [Forbes]

* NYU professors want Martin Lipton to step down from the school’s board of trustees, but the Wachtell Lipton founding partner has had a honey badger-esque response — he don’t give a s**t. [Am Law Daily]

* As was widely expected, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s army of New York City lawyers will soon take the first step to appeal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s stop-and-frisk ruling. [New York Law Journal (sub. req.)]

* A West Virginia judge was federally indicted for attempting to frame his secretary’s husband with drug charges. Did we mention that the secretary is the judge’s ex-lover? Quite dramatic. [Charleston Gazette]

* Consortium: Not just for straight couples. A same-sex couple in Pennsylvania is trying to appeal the dismissal of a loss of consortium claim in light of the Supreme Court’s Windsor ruling. [Legal Intelligencer]

* Christian Gerhartsreiter, aka poseur heir Clark Rockefeller, was just sentenced to 27 years to life in prison in a California cold-case murder. Maybe Lifetime will make a sequel to that god-awful movie. [Toronto Star]

* Jacques Vergès, defender of notorious villains and perpetual devil’s advocate, RIP. [New York Times]

Ed. note: Today we remember and thank those who have died in military service to our country. In honor of Memorial Day, Above the Law is on holiday (and we hope you are too). We will return to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

* Can’t really improve on the Deadspin headline here. “Ric Flair Found In Contempt Of Court For Owing Wrestling-Merchandise Company $35K. Whooooo!” [Charlotte Observer via Deadspin]

* Judge Owen Panner of Oregon recently benchslapped the mortgage industry. I’m beginning to think the mortgage industry was plagued by sloppy practices. [Oregonian]

* The Obama administration has started to focus its enforcement efforts on employers of illegal immigrants. Apparently you can become president of this great country without showing proof of citizenship, but you can’t work in the kitchen at Fuddruckers. This guy knows what I’m talking about. [New York Times]

* It’s not dark yet for free speech warrior and all-around deviant Larry Flynt. But it’s getting there. [The Independent]

Muammar Gaddafi

* Ever wondered whether nose jobs can be copyrighted? No? Oh, never mind. [PrawfsBlawg via Gawker]

* You know summer’s coming because another politician is accusing the oil industry of fixing prices. You also know summer’s coming because it’s getting warmer, you dummy. [New York Post]

* Moammar Gaddafi, the NATO bombing campaign, and two French lawyers who clearly absorbed the lesson of To Kill a Mockingbird. [Washington Post]

* Finally, it was revealed over the weekend that Justice Sotomayor received $1.175 million from Alfred A. Knopf for her memoirs. Zune Zune Zune!. [New York Times]