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  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.28.10

    * This year’s Forbes 400 list includes 37 lawyers. Even Elie has to admit that these people are rich. [Am Law Daily] * Blockbuster might be bankrupt financially, but they won’t let you go bankrupt culturally. Rentals will continue for those who enjoy going to the “tape store” — like my mom. [Bloomberg] * U.S. […]

    30 Comments / / Sep 28, 2010 at 8:58 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.27.10

    * Is Lindsay Lohan getting special treatment? Money talks, and $300,000 says she is. [Los Angeles Times] * At least federal judges know that DADT violates the civil rights of openly gay service members. Major Witt will get her job back — maybe — if this ruling isn’t appealed. [New York Times] * A California […]

    45 Comments / / Sep 27, 2010 at 8:56 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.24.10

    * The F.D.A. has moved to significantly restrict the sale of diabetes drug Avandia. Reached for comment, Wilford Brimley gruffly barked “DIABEETUS!” [New York Times] * Teresa Lewis was executed in Virginia last night. [Washington Post] * Texas children are getting all kinds of left behind. [Dallas Morning News] * A Spanish court held that […]

    13 Comments / / Sep 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.23.10

    * Prosecutorial misconduct: when keeping it real goes wrong. [USA Today] *Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy, which begs the eternal question: How the hell is Radio Shack still in business? [Bloomberg] * Suspicions abound as single employees at some mortgage lenders sign off on up to 10,000 foreclosures a month. I don’t see anything wrong with […]

    22 Comments / / Sep 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.22.10

    * Misappropriating $800,000 does not make you rich, not in Bell, California. [CNN] * Law firm Ogletree Deakins was paid $3.8 million in the last fiscal year to defend Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and now the firm may be fired by Maricopa County Supervisors. Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems. [Arizona Republic] * A lawyer plans to file […]

    29 Comments / / Sep 22, 2010 at 8:56 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.21.10

    * Beat Hess, legal director at Royal Dutch Shell, argues that the “party is over” for law firms. Beat, I’d like to introduce you to our commenter, Captain Obvious. I think you guys will really hit it off. [American Lawyer] * A judge told accused cop-killer Richard Poplawski that he can no longer play “lawyer […]

    13 Comments / / Sep 21, 2010 at 8:57 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.20.10

    * Five U.S. soldiers accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport. [Washington Post] * In a talk in front of UC Hastings students last Friday, Justice Scalia said “A lot of stupid stuff is perfectly constitutional.” My writing, for example. [San Francisco Appeal] * The Show Me State shows judges the estimated cost of their […]

    10 Comments / / Sep 20, 2010 at 9:07 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.17.10

    * Today is Constitution Day, so why not celebrate it the First Amendment way? Tea partiers get to mark the occasion with their very own rally. [FOX News] * This judge’s footlong is going to be worth way more than five dollars. [WSJ Law Blog] * The Church of Body Modification is a real religion. […]

    22 Comments / / Sep 17, 2010 at 9:03 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.16.10

    * Don’t bother taking out student loans to pay for law school. Just pay tuition with your mommy’s embezzlement money. [New York Post] * Hack-a-Shaq used to be just a basketball defensive move. Now it’s a full-blown lawsuit. [NBC Miami] * The breakfast table is under siege. With eggs and milk both facing class action […]

    25 Comments / / Sep 16, 2010 at 9:02 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.15.10

    * France finally grows a pair, but maybe on the wrong issue in light of the Eiffel Tower bomb scare. [Washington Post] * K-Rod needs to learn how to be a better stalker if he’s risking jail time to text. 56 texts over 4 weeks? I text more than that in a day. [New York […]

    22 Comments / / Sep 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.14.10

    * Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Underwear Bomber, tells his lawyers to eat his shorts. [ABC News] * Lego loses its trademark protection across the European Union. What blockheads! [Bloomberg] * Lynn Branham has lost her tenure lawsuit against the 12th best law school in the country, but the real question is why anyone would […]

    29 Comments / / Sep 14, 2010 at 9:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.13.10

    * Due to some baby mama drama, Floyd Mayweather posed for a modeling headshot mug shot after being arrested in Vegas. [Los Angeles Times] * Joey Lo, SMU Law’s anti-abortion warrior, was deemed unfit to stand trial. Gee, ya think? [Dallas Morning News] * Petey Pablo puts another notch on the rapper’s stupidity belt after […]

    10 Comments / / Sep 13, 2010 at 9:10 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.10.10

    * Elie mentioned this yesterday. When the third tier toilet stopped being a metaphor. [New York Daily News] * Look at this f**king free speech warrior. [WSJ Law Blog] * Missouri ranks 49th in the nation for per capita spending on public defense. Take that, Mississippi! [New York Times] * After some quality cybersex, I […]

    8 Comments / / Sep 10, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.09.10

    * 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 […]

    32 Comments / / Sep 9, 2010 at 9:08 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.08.10

    * Those big phonies on the parole board denied Mark David Chapman again. [New York Post] * 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] […]

    11 Comments / / Sep 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM
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    Morning Docket: 09.07.10

    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 […]

    42 Comments / / Sep 7, 2010 at 9:04 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.03.10

    * Scalia to speak at Marquette’s law school dedication ceremony. Wait a second, I thought he wasn’t a fan of lower-ranked schools… [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel] * T.I. should know that the clink isn’t an ideal place for a romantic honeymoon getaway. [New York Times ArtsBeat] * After this lawsuit, it’s fair to say that Brooks […]

    36 Comments / / Sep 3, 2010 at 9:04 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.02.10

    * 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 […]

    27 Comments / / Sep 2, 2010 at 8:53 AM