What would you do to avoid having to take your final exams? Would you fake your own kidnapping?
Kidnapping suspect learns a lesson he must have missed at Harvard Law…
It’ll be terrible if this lawyer’s death becomes another one of Venezuela’s unsolved murders.
In a bizarre case of kidnapping that police initially called a hoax, a Harvard Law grad is charged with the crime.
*Yeah, this happened in real life, not in a Philip K. Dick short story. [Time]
*Oh burn! Cornel West responds (indirectly) to biting New Republic article. [The Root]
*Justice for sale in Texas? Sounds about right. [KCBD]
*Allegations of overbilling in Deepwater Horizon litigation. And — this may be a shock to some of our readers — turns out many of the firms involved made generous political contributions to the LA AG. [Louisiana Record]
*Eliminating salary negotiations to combat the wage gap? Who knew Biglaw’s lockstep approach to money would turn out to be progressive? [NPR]
*Columbia University’s rape problems deepen with new lawsuit about Emma Sulkowicz and her mattress “Carry that Weight” performance art. [Jezebel]
*Update in the Alan Dershowitz sex case. Now with 100% more David Boies. [American Lawyer]
*Attention New York: Prepare to swipe right. AG Eric Schneiderman is once again a bachelor. [Law and More]
*Idaho refuses to come in line with multinational treaty obligations. . . yay federalism? [Dorf on Law]
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* Size matters when it comes to hourly rates. Because when you work in Biglaw, it’ll be all the more odious for your poor clients when you “churn that bill, baby.” [Corporate Counsel]
* Would you want this Cadwalader cad, a former mail room supervisor, at your “erotic disposal”? The object of his affections didn’t want him either, and she’s suing. [New York Daily News]
* In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, the NAACP is pressing for federal charges and a civil suit may be in the works. This trial isn’t over in the court of public opinion. [Bloomberg]
* This experience inspired George Zimmerman, fresh off his acquittal, to go to law school to help the wrongfully accused. If it makes you feel better, when he graduates, he’ll be unemployed. [Reuters]
* Here’s the lesson learned by Prop 8 proponents: If at first you don’t succeed at the Supreme Court, try, try again at the state level and base your arguments on technicalities. [Los Angeles Times]
* You do not want this patent troll — one of the most notorious in the country — to “go thug” on you. Apparently this is just another danger of alleged infringement in the modern world. [New York Times]
* Asiana Airlines is considering suing the NTSB and a California television station over the airing of “inaccurate and offensive” information (read: wildly racist) about the pilots of Flight 214. [CNN]
* Ariel Castro was slapped with an additional 648 counts in the kidnapping case against him, bringing the total to 977. Prosecutors are not yet seeking the death penalty. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
* Look, I’m only one man, I can’t refute it every time the New York Times advertises going to law school using terrible arguments. I mean, Dealbook just let a law professor tell people that this is a good time to apply to law school… because all the smart people aren’t taking the LSAT. I just don’t know what to tell people who are persuaded by that. [Dealbook / New York Times]
* Should kidnapping somebody and forcing them to repair your house after a dispute about the quality of their work be illegal? Or should we just call this “specific performance”? [Gawker]
* Florida legislators throw down with the governor over early voting. Will Florida governor Rick Scott relent? Or is he going to double down on suppressing the vote? [Think Progress]
* I’m really glad this didn’t happen at the Penn State Law School. I didn’t feel like being accused of baiting these sorority girls into having a racist party. [Yahoo!News via The Legal Satyricon]
* What constitutes a sham Senate session exactly? [Huffington Post]
* Are you a lawyer on a deferral or a fellowship looking for an interesting project to pick up? If so, check this out. [Idealist]
* Are you looking for something fun to do in New York City tomorrow night? If so, check this out. [Above the Law]
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Oh, you fell through a skylight while you were attempting to burglarize a home and cut your arm? File a lawsuit! You tried to steal a television set from your neighbor and got bitten by his dog in the process? Time to litigate! So, what happens when you’re on the run and you decide to break into a couple’s home and hold them hostage? Our latest pro se litigant decided to up the ante. He’s suing his former kidnapping victims for breach of contract….