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  • waiting-in-line

    Cars, Crime, Election 2012, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.06.12

    * If you’re sick of waiting in line to vote, just become a SCOTUS justice. NBD. [DCist]

    * Now cops are even being awarded massive privacy invasion settlements — against other cops. [Threat Level / Wired]

    * If you simply have to steal a car, you should probably jack one that works. [Legal Juice]

    * As election day winds down, here’s more scary s**t to maybe be worried about. [Salon]

    * Lat talks to the WSJ about the uneasy rise of virtual law firms. [Wall Street Journal]

    0 Comments / / Nov 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM
  • failboat2

    Crime, Non-Sequiturs, Police

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.01.12

    * Oakland’s police chief is in trouble for filtering emails with a few key phrases into his junk folder. Big deal! Why would a police chief need to read messages about “police brutality,” “excessive force,” or “Occupy Oakland” anyway? [Legal Satyricon]

    * Graham Spanier, the ex-President of Penn State, has been criminally charged with perjury, obstruction, child-endangerment, and conspiracy. The Sandusky child abuse butterfly effect continues. [ABA Journal]

    * The story of lawyers, as explained by the characters in Twilight. [LawProfBlawg]

    * The captain of the literal failboat says he was wrongfully fired. Come on dude, you crashed a freaking cruise ship. Not crashing is kind of the main part of your job. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The headline to this story is: “When Choosing A Bank To Rob, Avoid The One Where Everyone Is Packing” Just click already. [Consumerist]

    2 Comments / / Nov 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS small

    Crime, Drugs, Pets, Police, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Dog Day At The Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court is going to the dogs. Today the justices spent their time discussing how and when police can use drug-sniffing canines.

    9 Comments / / Oct 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM
  • IMG_1964

    Baseball, Crime, Guns / Firearms, Police, Sports, Videos, Violence, YouTube

    World Series Winners (Or Their Fans, At Least) Are Above the Law

    The Giants won the World Series yesterday, and San Francisco literally went up in flames. Fun!

    14 Comments / / Oct 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM
  • Hannibal-Lecter-hannibal-lecter-24822525-320-244

    5th Circuit, Barack Obama, Crime, Election 2012, Fashion, Gay, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Nauseating Things, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.25.12

    * The Fifth Circuit upheld a federal law banning gun sales to people under 21 years old. Oh! The humanity! What will the nation’s teenagers do without booze or their own guns? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A New York cop is charged with planning to kidnap, cook, and eat 100 women. Gross. I wonder if this will tarnish the NYPD’s sterling reputation. [Daily Intel / New York Magazine]

    * Scratching your nuts in public is gross, but it’s not the same as, uh, some other grosser, more illegal activities. It would behoove this woman to learn to recognize the difference. [Legal Juice]

    * Should wearing “personality” glasses count against a criminal defendant? I dunno, but as a guy who has to wear glasses I find it bizarre that people choose to wear them as fashion accessories. Might as well wear a useless prosthetic arm too; I hear they’re the next hip trend. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Another intra-family lawsuit: Geoffrey Richards, who teaches at Northwestern Law School, has been sued by his 95-year-old grandfather over a family financial dispute. The grandfather is also calling Richards a “scoundrel” and the “greatest disappointment” in his life. Ouch. [DealBreaker]

    * President Obama has endorsed several same-sex marriage ballot proposals. Nice work, Barry. [BuzzFeed]

    * Insights and advice for people interested in fashion law (from Ron Coleman and others). [Likelihood of Confusion]

    4 Comments / / Oct 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM
  • 'Folks, if you happen to see a damaged boat down there, please hit the flight attendant call button.'

    Airplanes / Aviation, Drinking, Non-Sequiturs, Police

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.17.12

    * New York police just arrested a man for allegedly planning to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank. Thank you, officers. [CNN]

    * This judge made a telecom executive cry in court. After the teary-eyed businesswoman stormed out, she re-entered the courtroom a short time later and “verbally assaulted” opposing counsel. That’s what I call a serious case of the Mondays. [New York Post]

    * Much has been made about the terrible connections prostitution has to human trafficking, but what about the self-professed “hos” who, by all accounts, enjoy having sex for money? [East Bay Express]

    * If you want to ride a mechanical bull, you should probably be aware that getting thrown off isn’t even a risk, it’s a veritable certainty. [Abnormal Use]

    * I unabashedly dislike the TSA, but it seems these dummies had it coming. [Denver Post]

    * Back to hating on the airline industry: Sorry, folks, we’re going to be delayed arriving in Vancouver because of some weather issues… and because we have to detour for a moment and search for a missing yacht.” [Consumerist]

    * Law blogger Eric Turkewitz’s face is all over a bunch of New York bus stop ads. And no, he’s not advertising himself. This story is actually pretty neat. [New York Personal Injury Attorney]

    2 Comments / / Oct 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM
  • drinking

    Barack Obama, China, Election 2012, Morning Docket, Police, SCOTUS, Videos, Violence

    Morning Docket: 10.16.12

    * Check out the absurd rules governing tonight’s presidential debate. Should make for some awesome boring-as-hell television. And yes, of course the rules document was signed by lawyers. [Gawker]

    * Chinese politics is starting to adversely affect American law firms. Next thing you know, attorneys will be hiding out in the woods, drinking deer blood. Oh wait, that kind of already happened. [Asian Lawyer]

    * Despite the passage of time, mentioning torture at a Guantanamo hearing is still about as awkward as… some generic Family Guy-style non sequitur. [Thomson Reuters News and Insight]

    * This is a newly released video of NYPD kicking the ever-loving sh*t out of a homeless man, who was inexplicably charged with assaulting the officer who, again, beat him up on video. Inside a synagogue. Where the man was sleeping. With permission. Can’t wait to see the lawsuit that comes out of this. [Gothamist]

    * SCOTUS has agreed to review the Arizona voter ID law. Oh goodie. [WSJ Law Blog]

    10 Comments / / Oct 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM
  • uc-davis-pepper-spray

    Copyright, Divorce Train Wrecks, Education / Schools, Family Law, Law School Deans, Libraries / Librarians, Money, Morning Docket, Police, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Morning Docket: 09.27.12

    * A former Cravath law librarian is fighting his “effective termination” from Southern Illinois University School of Law over alleged threats to bash a colleague in the head with a crowbar. How déclassé! What, was a champagne flute not available? [National Law Journal]

    * Is New York’s new mandatory pro bono requirement for admission to the bar too rigid a licensing rule? Compared to what it could have been, no, but obviously others disagree on this point. [Am Law Daily]

    * New York Law School’s dean thinks that experience in City Hall gives him an edge. In other news, after being sued over its employment stats, NYLS had the most applicants ever since 2008. Sigh. [New York Law Journal]

    * Jamie McCourt doesn’t think it’s very fair that she only got a $131M divorce payout when her ex-husband, Frank McCourt, ended up with $1.7B after he sold the Dodgers. #filthyrichpeopleproblems [Bloomberg]

    * “I’m in shock and I’m angry and I’m hurt and I’m flabbergasted and I’m livid.” You’d feel the same if you saw that your engagement photo was being used in an anti-gay marriage mailer. [City Room / New York Times]

    * Don’t mind me, I’m just watering my hippies: in a proposed settlement, the University of California is offering $30K to each of the students who were pepper-sprayed by a police officer at UC Davis last year. [CNN]

    13 Comments / / Sep 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Errol Morris

    Books, Crime, Movies, Murder, Police

    An Interview With Oscar-Winner Errol Morris, Author of ‘A Wilderness of Error’

    Christopher Danzig talks with Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris, who wrote a new book about the famous Jeffrey MacDonald murder case.

    4 Comments / / Sep 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM
  • Talk about a pole tax...

    Animal Law, Biglaw, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Election 2012, Election Law, Federal Judges, Immigration, Minority Issues, Money, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing, Partner Issues, Police, Politics, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 09.06.12

    * Dewey know if Citibank is planning to sue other former D&L partners over their capital contribution loans? According to one court document filed by Luskin Stern & Eisler, the bank’s counsel, the fun has just gotten started. [Am Law Daily]

    * Unlike the voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina, the Department of Justice has approved New Hampshire’s law of the same ilk. Apparently hippies from the “Live Free or Die” state are incapable of discrimination against minorities. [CNN]

    * Arizona, on the other hand, can discriminate against minorities all the live long day — for now. A federal judge ruled that the “show me your papers” provision of S.B. 1070, the state’s strict immigration law, may be enforced. [Bloomberg]

    * The latest argument raised in the case over the Mongolian Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton is that the bones are actually a “Frankenstein model based on several creatures.” This movie is getting boring. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “[T]he state of New York doesn’t get to be a dance critic.” We’re sure that any man would gladly tell the New York Court of Appeals that lap dancing is a form of art, but should it enjoy a tax exemption? [Associated Press]

    6 Comments / / Sep 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • 'This is much worse than my 72-day marriage.'

    Art, Celebrities, Death Penalty, Election 2012, Election Law, Job Searches, Law Schools, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Police, Politics, SCOTUS, STDs, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.04.12

    * Want to know what they call the Supreme Court attorney who deals with requests for stays of execution? The death clerk. Paging John Grisham, because this guy’s nickname would make a great book title. [New York Times]

    * “If you’re going to sue, it’s better to sue earlier rather than later.” Probably why battleground states like Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are in a tizzy over their election laws. [Washington Post]

    * WikiLeaks or it didn’t happen: Bradley Manning’s lawyer has demanded that seven years be cut from his client’s prospective sentence due to allegations of improper treatment while in military custody. [The Guardian]

    * Michigan Law’s Sarah Zearfoss, she of Wolverine Scholars fame, finds media coverage about the awful job market for recent law grads “really frustrating.” Try being unemployed. [Crain’s Detroit Business (reg. req.)]

    * Kris Humphries is being sued for allegedly giving a girl herpes. But alas, the plaintiff seems to have no idea who actually gave her the herp — four John Doe defendants are identified in the complaint, too. [Star Tribune]

    * “Given the police idiocy, one wonders where the boobs really are.” A nude model who was arrested during a body-painting exhibition in Times Square won a $15K false-arrest settlement from the cops. [New York Post]

    6 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Swiss army cell phone

    Asians, Cellphones, Crime, Law Schools, Police, UVA Law, Violence

    Law Student of the Day: UVA Kid Allegedly Uses Her Phone to Communicate With Cops

    Law student uses her cell phone to send a message to cops. No, not in the regular way…

    36 Comments / / Aug 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM
  • AppleSamsungRuling_610x426

    Legal Ethics, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Police, Politics, State Judges, Technology

    Morning Docket: 08.27.12

    * Unhappy with eleventy billion dollars in damages due to Apple, Samsung will begin its appeals, perhaps even to the Supreme Court (because you know that SCOTUS wants a bite at the proverbial literal patent apple). [Wall Street Journal]

    * And speaking of that jury award, jury foreman Velvin Hogan had this to say about it: “We wanted to make sure it was sufficiently high to be painful, but not unreasonable.” Yeah, because a billion dollars in damages isn’t unreasonable at all. [Reuters]

    * Do judges with lawyerly license plates avoid traffic infractions instead of getting tickets? The New York Commission on Judicial Conduct is investigating this issue of epic importance. [New York Law Journal]

    * If bill collectors are threatening to sue you over your credit-card debts, you better pray that your case lands on Judge Noach Dear’s docket, because in his courtroom, “it’s dismiss, dismiss, dismiss.” [New York Post]

    * Hippies can file lawsuits, too: Burning Man starts today, but the event’s organizers claim that its Nevada venue is pursuing a new theme in view of a “drastic increase in fees” — burning money. [All Things Digital]

    * Protestors should be allowed to act however they want when carrying prohibited machetes in Republican National Convention event zones. This was the first, and definitely the coolest, RNC arrest made. [ABC News]

    6 Comments / / Aug 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • pile of pills

    Antitrust, Bar Exams, BAR/BRI, Biglaw, California, Drugs, Kids, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Patents, Police, Technology, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.14.12

    * Looks like someone skipped professional responsibility class during bar prep: the Ninth Circuit denied attorney fees to McGuireWoods in light of an “egregious” ethics violation made in the BAR/BRI antitrust settlement. [National Law Journal]

    * Apple rested its patent-infringement case against Samsung yesterday, making way for the rival tech company to begin presenting its case. Jurors must be thrilled that the end is in sight, with just 25 more hours of arguments to go. [Bloomberg]

    * Remember the mom-and-dad law grads accused of planting a potpourri of drugs on an elementary school volunteer? Their alleged victim is suing. We’ll have more on this hot mess later. [Orange County Register]

    * “The facts don’t seem to support a ‘stand your ground’ defense.” That’s what George Zimmerman’s attorney said yesterday, but the defense team is going to try to get the case dismissed on those grounds anyway. [AP]

    * When applying to law school, it’s usually helpful to demonstrate in your application that you actually want to go to law school. Gah, people seriously need to be told these things. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * “[T]he plaintiff’s tampon was never forcibly removed by any deputy.” First of all, yuck. Second of all, you know that a crazy lawsuit must have been filed when the cops are making public statements like this. [NBC News]

    8 Comments / / Aug 14, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Eric Holder fast furious

    Eric Holder, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Lawyerly Lairs, Non-Sequiturs, Police

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.13.12

    * Man brings knife to a gun fight with NYPD. I think we all know how that ended. [Huffington Post]

    * The House has brought a civil compliant against Eric Holder. In other news, it’s an election year! [Blog of the Legal Times]

    * Ah, the never-ending quest for the perfect suit for the female attorney. All of the jokes I have right now are sexist. So I won’t make one. But I’m thinking it. [Corporette]

    * Golf, even mini-golf, remains an excellent way to network. [Asbury Park Press]

    * It looks like the Oak Creek shootings are going to go down as a hate crime. I care less about why the shooter did it and more that he’s punished. [CNN]

    * Stop-and-Frisk doesn’t so much work. [DNAinfo]

    * Don’t forget to submit your awesome office for our Lawyerly Lairs contest. [Above the Law]

    3 Comments / / Aug 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM
  • got_tenure_tee

    6th Circuit, Biglaw, Crime, Football, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Police, Religion, Sentencing Law, Twittering, Violence

    Morning Docket: 08.08.12

    * The Sixth Circuit delved into the question of law professors’ tenure in a recent decision, noting that it doesn’t guarantee a job for life. But seriously, why on earth would you want to have a lifetime career at Cooley Law anyway? [National Law Journal]

    * Was the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting a hate crime? Well, the shooter was in a racist skinhead band and purchased supplies from a neo-Nazi group, if that gives you a clue. [Reuters]

    * Bet nobody saw this kind of douchebaggery happening: Jackson Lewis has been tapped to represent a member of Penn State’s board of trustees to appeal the NCAA’s unappealable sanctions, and he’s recruiting fellow trustees to join him. [Am Law Daily]

    * No more “no comment” for this former reporter: Bruce Brown, a partner at Baker Hostetler, was appointed as the new executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * As expected, Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty in the Arizona shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others. He’ll likely receive several life sentences as opposed to the death penalty. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “This sh*t ain’t no joke yo, I’m serious, people are gonna die like Aurora.” Twitter, please cooperate so the police don’t have to subpoena you when a user threatens to commit a massacre in NYC. [NBC New York]

    1 Comment / / Aug 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • They're heeere.

    Police, Privacy, Quote of the Day, Technology

    Quote of the Day: Or Maybe I Just Prefer Not to Be Spied On

    Unmanned drones are not only flying over the U.S., now they are leading to arrests.

    12 Comments / / Jul 30, 2012 at 4:18 PM
  • mike bloomberg nanny

    Cars, Death Penalty, Depositions, Drinking, Guns / Firearms, Kids, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Police, Sex, Television, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.24.12

    * Will consultation with victims’ families determine whether James Holmes deserves the death penalty? You could probably consult with a wall to make that determination and get the same result. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Just like that, with incredible ninja-like speed, someone has already filed a negligence suit against the Aurora Century 16 Theater where the shootings took place. [Gawker]

    * And no, sorry to disappoint you, but notwithstanding his self-admitted teeny peeny, we don’t think that James Holmes decided to go on a shooting spree because he got rejected by a few women on Adult Friend Finder. [Jezebel]

    * While we’re talking about gun violence, Mike Bloomberg has got a great idea: all police officers should go on strike until legislators push through stricter gun laws. How is a nanny state supposed to work properly when all the governesses are off duty? [Gothamist]

    * Knowledge is power in the hands of a client, especially when the knowledge you’ve given them is just another tool to piss off opposing counsel during a deposition. [Popehat]

    * Personal responsibility fail: allowing your 13-year-old to drive you home because you’re wasted. Fathering fail: believing that was a good idea in the first place. [Legal Juice]

    * A fake TV show starring a wheelchair-bound paraplegic paralegal? You know you’d watch this. [The Onion]

    2 Comments / / Jul 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

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