Trayvon Martin

  • Amanda Bynes

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Facebook, Fenwick & West, John Edwards, Money, Morning Docket, Politics, Prostitution, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 04.10.12

    * With help from Fenwick & West, Facebook snatched up Instagram in a $1B deal that closed in just 54 hours. That’s a big accomplishment, but the bigger one was valuing a company that helps f**k up your photos at such a high price. [Am Law Daily]

    * Senator Dick Durbin is trying to collect stories about soul-crushing law school debt in an effort to reform lending laws, but law students and new lawyers aren’t speaking up about the problem. Hey, Dick, it’s time to start reading Above the Law. [National Law Journal]

    * Apparently sarcasm is lost upon mention of George Zimmerman, so let’s play this one straight. The man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin has set up a website to solicit money for his defense fund. Actually, that’s a pretty great punchline on it’s own. [MSNBC]

    * A judge has refused to reduce accused “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina’s $2M bail. With her alleged clientele, you’d think she’d be able to afford it. Come on, John Edwards gets $400 haircuts. He’s probably willing to pay top dollar for his call girls. [Bloomberg]

    * Amanda Bynes wasn’t drunk on alcohol, she was drunk on emotions, claims her daddy. That’s a defense that will totally stand up in court on a DUI charge. [New York Daily News]

    19 Comments / / Apr 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • cruise passengers

    Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Politics, Racism, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Travel / Vacation

    Morning Docket: 04.06.12

    * “We can’t engage the public in a seminar about health law.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor informed the public at Penn Law that she would not be taking up a post as a Wise Latina civics instructor. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Next on Meltdown with Keith Olbermann: this liberal commentator has sued Current TV over getting fired. It is clearly the most irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, tea-bagging network ever. [Businessweek]

    * George Zimmerman has added another lawyer to his soon-to-be defense team — a “veteran criminal defense” lawyer. Why did he need to hire such a hot shot if what he did to Trayvon Martin was legal? [Reuters]

    * Step aside TSA: what kinds of rights do cruise passengers have at sea? How about the right not to be interrogated, strip searched, and then forced to pee in front of security guards? [Overhead Bin / MSNBC]

    * Jordan Wallick has been convicted of second degree murder in the shooting death of James Wallmuth III, a University of Pittsburgh law student. Wallick is now looking at life behind bars for his crime. [CBS 21 News]

    29 Comments / / Apr 6, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • Bill Keller New York Times

    Crime, Law Professors, New York Times, Quote of the Day, Violence

    Quote of the Day: Hating on Hate Crime Laws

    Bill Keller of the New York Times hates on hate crime laws…

    17 Comments / / Apr 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM
  • Trayvon Martin Zimmerman

    Law Schools, Minority Issues, Racism

    Hoodie Law Follow-Up: More Law Students Want Justice For Trayvon Martin

    Law student protests over Trayvon Martin are truly going on from coast-to-coast…

    65 Comments / / Mar 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM
  • i_am_trayvon_martin

    Deaths, Intellectual Property, Minority Issues, Racism, Trademarks, Violence

    Trayvon Trademark? An ATL Debate

    A Trayvon trademark? Your Above the Law editors debate.

    57 Comments / / Mar 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM
  • bobby_rush_hoodie

    Airplanes / Aviation, Bankruptcy, Baseball, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Fashion, Federal Government, Health Care / Medicine, Morning Docket, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 03.29.12

    * If Obamacare gets struck down, do you think insurance companies will allow children to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26? My Magic 8-Ball says: “Outlook not so good.” [Wall Street Journal] * There’s no crying in baseball bankruptcy sales! Which Biglaw firms hit a home run for playing a part in the […]

    18 Comments / / Mar 29, 2012 at 9:17 AM
  • alexander wang

    Bloomberg, Crime, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Fashion, Football, Guns / Firearms, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Privacy, Sports, Videos, Violence, YouTube

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.27.12

    * Alexander Wang says that he wasn’t running a sweatshop and that the former employee making the allegations was actually mean to all the other indentured servants workers. [Fashionista] * We’re well into the phase of the Trayvon Martin investigation where people are trying to blame the victim, but until they show me a guy […]

    16 Comments / / Mar 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM
  • Trayvon Martin Zimmerman

  • ObamaCare_big

    Biglaw, DUI / DWI, Health Care / Medicine, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Orleans, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Morning Docket: 03.26.12

    * It’s Obamacare week at the Supreme Court, and people have been waiting in line since Friday morning to see the oral arguments. It’s kind of like Black Friday, except more people care about affordable TVs than affordable health care. [New York Times]

    * Growth in the NLJ 250 increased by 1.7 percent in 2011. That’s fantastic for Biglaw, but associates at these firms care more about the growth of their bank accounts. Seriously… where are the spring bonuses already? [National Law Journal]

    * George Zimmerman’s lawyer says he doesn’t think the “stand your ground” law applies to Trayvon Martin’s shooting. This was just self-defense — against Skittles. [MSNBC]

    * The finalists for deanship at Baltimore Law include a Patton Boggs partner, an assistant attorney general, a law school dean, and two law professors. But which will be able to stand up to Bogomolny? [Baltimore Sun]

    * Since blogging allows “big personalities” to run free, does the prosecommenter, Sal Perricone, have a bright future ahead of him here at Above the Law? Let’s see what David Lat has to say about that. [Times-Picayune]

    * Millionaire John Goodman has been convicted of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges, and now he’s facing 11.5 to 30 years in prison. Boy is his girlfriend-slash-daughter going to miss him. [CNN]

    10 Comments / / Mar 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • LunchMoney

    Abortion, Biglaw, Chadbourne & Parke, Education / Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Police, Rape

    Morning Docket: 03.21.12

    * Here’s a reason why Proskauer Rose and Chadbourne & Parke might skip out on spring bonuses this year: millions of dollars worth of blowback from Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * And speaking of spring bonuses, a lot of people noticed that Sullivan & Cromwell seems to have misled associates. “Just because it hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it won’t.” Yeah, right. [Am Law Daily]

    * Next up in the war on women: a senator from Idaho thinks that women are such strumpets that they might be lying their way into abortions by claiming rape. Because that’s not incredibly insensitive. [Washington Post]

    * Apparently George Zimmerman, the man accused of fatally shooting a boy armed with a pack of Skittles, wanted to become a police officer. Looks like it’s time to kiss that dream goodbye. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Give me your lunch money, kid! Teachers aren’t supposed to be bullying students, but that’s what one Baltimore mother is alleging in a $200K lawsuit against the city’s school board. [New York Daily News]

    8 Comments / / Mar 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Castle doctrine

    Crime, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Racism

    Are ‘Stand Your Ground’ and ‘Defense of Home’ Laws Racist?

    Now that everybody is being reminded of stand your ground statutes, are we still sure they’re a good idea?

    153 Comments / / Mar 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM