* The 9th Circuit ruled yesterday that prisoners held by the C.I.A. in overseas prisons could not sue over alleged torture because the lawsuit might expose government secrets. Secrets like, how the government tortures prisoners. [Associated Press]
* Does punishable mean “able to be punished” and is Miguel Tejada the proper precedent? The answers to these questions will determine a Bush lawyer’s fate. [BLT]
* So this lawyer clears up issues relating to Minka Kelly’s cockapoodle. I review documents in a small windowless storage closet room. I guess what I’m trying to say is, we can’t all be Atticus Finch. [New York Daily News]
* The University of Chicago Law School received a gift of $10 million in order to keep pace with Yale and Harvard…and Baltimore? [Bloomberg]
* This week, the Morning Docket book club will be reading “Ape House.” I don’t want to ruin the book for all of you, but it features bonobo sex. Dockette will be leading the discussion next week. [New York Times]
* Mayor Bloomberg does not believe consistency with regard to the First Amendment is the hobgoblin of little men minds. [Wall Street Journal]
* BP magnanimously shares blame for oil spill. Apparently, greed is not always good. [Business Week]
* HP sues former CEO to protect trade secrets. Secrets like how to expense a mistress.[Washington Post]
* Judge Royce Lamberth (D.D.C.) rejected the government’s argument that a “parade of horribles” would result from his preliminary injunction against some funding of stem cell research. He refused to address the possibility of a “chorus line of fuglies.” [Associated Press]
Call me Juggalo Law. In spite of my functional illiteracy and a penchant for juvenile name-calling, I finished second in the Morning Docket writer competition. I could call myself one of the “winners” of the competition, but your favorite No Fear t-shirt is right when it says I’m merely the first loser. Before my star turn here at the only blawg that matters, I graduated from a fairly respectable law school (check you Cooley Rankings) and found a legal economy not quite down with the clown. For that reason, I am currently working as a contract attorney. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of contract attorneys, picture Biglaw. Now strip away all bottles, models, pride, and pay.
My job here at Above the Law is pretty simple. Alternating weeks with the talented Ms. Dockette, it is my duty to find the most relevant and interesting legal news and come up with pithy bon mots that would get Bruce Vilanch hot. Along the way, maybe we’ll all learn something. Perhaps we’ll all learn how magnets work.
* In honor of 90210 day, here’s a law-related story about a high school teacher who made beautiful music with his female students. Too bad this didn’t happen on the show — he’d be a lot hotter. [Belleville News Democrat]
* The worst hangover ever: realizing that you lost a $1.3M painting while you were wasted. [Associated Press]
* If they want to live, the members of the Pacific Justice Institute had better not question the Governator’s action — or inaction — regarding Proposition 8. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Holy Xenu! With $1,000 a day fines, Scientology is making this lawyer one sad thetan. [St. Petersburg Times]
My name is redacted, but you can call me Morning Dockette. I’m one of the winners of the Morning Docket writer competition. Some of you may know me better as the Tuesday and Thursday finalist from last week’s trial run. In real life, I’m a law school graduate awaiting the results of the July 2010 bar exam. Perhaps most importantly to some of you, I’m a girl. To answer some commenters’ questions, I’m not a mom, and I’m not an angry feminist either, but I totally appreciate proper etiquette. In my spare time, I enjoy life’s guilty pleasures, like watching reality television and catching up on celebrity gossip. I’m also fluent in sarcasm.
I’m so excited to be writing for ATL, and I hope to bring you entertaining stories about the law each morning. I will continue to strive to write witty descriptions about these stories that are somehow both too long and too short, all at the same time. In all seriousness, I welcome your comments and critiques. You can reach me by email at MorningDockette@gmail.com.
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* New York Governor David Paterson may face criminal charges for accepting a free ticket to the World Series last year. Even if he’s convicted, I still think he got a good deal on that ticket. [WSJ Law Blog]
* The “hold-out” juror in the Blagojevich trial explains her vote. I’d like to mock her, but she appears reasonable, honest, and conscientious. It’s a shame Blagojevich didn’t sell her that Senate seat because Washington could sure use someone like that. [Chicago Tribune]
* Is the FAA’s proposed $24.2 million penalty against American Airlines excessive? Yes . . . unless you think that giant metal flying machines carrying thousands of people across the world daily should actually meet the minimum safety guidelines set by the government. [CNN]
* The Elusive and Exotic Double Benchslap: A Florida appellate court has found a plaintiff’s lawyer’s language during trial to be so prejudicial and inflammatory that the trial judge abused his discretion by finding otherwise. [Law.com]
* A Two-Step Guide to Losing a Seat on the Iowa Supreme Court: (1) Rule in favor of same-sex marriage; (2) Wait for the next retention election. [Washington Post]
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The last time I flapped my wings your way, I tried to make at least enough noise about your mobile phone to make you more than a little bit uncomfortable. I hope I did. If enough of us become anxious enough about the known and unknown unknowns and knowns in our mobile phones, then we can start making wise decisions about how to manage that information and its resultant investigations.
Today, I’d like to put a finer point on the last installment’s topic by asking a question that seemed to catch most attendees off-guard at a conference panel that I moderated last week: is there discoverable personal information in a mobile app? Our panelists’ answer was a uniform “yes” with one stating that, if he had to choose only one type of data that he could discover from a mobile phone, he’d choose app data. Why? Because there’s simply so much of it and because almost all of it is objective – not just user-created like an email – but machine-tracked like GPS, usage duration, log in and log out times, browsed web addresses, browsed actual addresses. Also, most of us seem to have the idea that data doesn’t actually “stick” to our mobile devices the way it “sticks” to our hard drives. Maybe there’s a disconnect based on the fact that our phones are mobile so we assume the data is mobile to?
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