TSA

  • 20131011153017!Nobel_Prize

    9th Circuit, Free Speech, Gay, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.16.14

    * TSA vs. the Nobel Prize. [Lowering the Bar]

    * A judge accidentally leaked the name of a juvenile in a juvenile sex case. But more to the point, this case is about a boy having a three-way with two of his English teachers on one of the teacher’s birthdays. I mean… South Park. [The Times-Picayune]

    * Teaching torts rots your brain. Maybe. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Houston officials are backing away from their subpoena of sermons delivered by anti-gay pastors trying to get their congregation to sign petitions — even if the signatures were potentially fraudulent. [The Blaze]

    * Stand Your Ground laws find new ways to be dumb. More cases of abused women trying to evoke Stand Your Ground laws and being told that states really only meant for those to protect white dudes shooting black kids. [Slate]

    * A funny and insightful look at exactly how hearings go down at Gitmo. [New Jurist]

    * A federal judge has recused the entire Eastern District of California from a case on the basis of allegations that federal prosecutors systematically defrauded the court. Prosecutors misbehaving? That’s unpossible! [New York Observer]

    19 Comments / / Oct 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • This is sterner talking to than Lanny Breuer gave HSBC.

    3rd Circuit, Copyright, Dahlia Lithwick, Drugs, Guns / Firearms, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, War on Terror

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.30.13

    * You can go to jail for possession, but if you actively aid and abet drug cartels, you can walk away with a fine worth 5 weeks of your income. It also helps if instead of “poor” you’re a bank. Hooray for “Too Big To Hold Accountable For Anything!!! [Rolling Stone]

    * Disney has gotten fed up with “mockbusters,” films that jack the studio’s logo to confuse people into buying a different DVD. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve been itching to check out this new flick September: Osage County. [Jezebel]

    * Dahlia Lithwick explains that too many schools feel the cure for the trauma of school shootings is… creating more trauma. [Slate]

    * Chief Judge Theodore McKee of the Third Circuit rules that the government can detain you for carrying Arabic flashcards. This doesn’t even make racist profiling sense: “bad guys” would already know how to speak Arabic, right? [The Raw Story]

    * Defendants need to understand that getting an acquittal requires them to expend some personal effort, too. [Katz Justice]

    0 Comments / / Dec 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM
  • Transportation_Security_Administration_officer_screening_a_bag

    Constitutional Law, Copyright, Gay, Harvard Law Review, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.15.13

    * Airport security has forbidden joking about bombs and hijacking. Now TSA is cracking down on joking about TSA itself. In the interest of my next flight, “I love you, TSA!” [Daily Mail]

    * A detailed analysis of the 14th Amendment’s role in the debt ceiling debate. President Obama should employ this solution now before the Supreme Court realizes there’s another part of the 14th Amendment they can overturn. [Main Street]

    * Law school professors do not take kindly to your antics. [Law Prof Blog]

    * A Cooley Law professor is arguing against gay rights. Sorry, a Western Michigan Law professor is arguing against gay rights. [Pride Source]

    * The rules don’t apply to Yale or Harvard. Or at least the rules don’t apply to their law reviews. [Professor Bainbridge]

    * Congress is still trying to decide how to regulate FM radio instead of looking at salient issues in modern copyright law. Given how brilliantly they keep the government open, maybe FM radio is the biggest issue we should give them right about now. [The Daily Caller]

    * The lawyer as generalist is fading into obscurity. Let’s commemorate it in poetry, shall we? [Poetic Justice]

    * A preview of some upcoming Supreme Court cases this week. Complete with cartoons! [The Spark File]

    * Finally, here’s a little gem for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fans that we got….

    12 Comments / / Oct 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • iStock_000008145884XSmall

    Airplanes / Aviation, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Deaths, Non-Sequiturs, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Sports, Technology, Twittering

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.14.13

    * Referees go on a power trip and get arrested. [Legal Juice]

    * Lawyers enjoy LinkedIn. They may not like it as much if these allegations are true. [IT-Lex]

    * A New York lawyer is using Twitter to complain about Obamacare. This is what happens when there aren’t enough billable hours to go around. [New York Post]

    * TSA lets 9-year-old through without a ticket or adult help. Our security is top-notch in this country. [Lowering the Bar]

    * New York attorney Bradley Dizik is the working to save Detroit’s Masonic temple from its financial woes. How screwed is Detroit? Even the international Freemason conspiracy can’t help. [Detroit News]

    * Interested in national security — and getting CLE credit? [Lawfare]

    * A Georgetown Law student was killed over the weekend. On a personal note, I knew Mark and he was truly great guy and my thoughts go out to his family and friends. [Washington Post]

    14 Comments / / Oct 14, 2013 at 3:24 PM
  • Transportation_Security_Administration_officer_screening_a_bag-RF

    Technology

    Federal Judge None Too Impressed With Government’s Defense Of Its ‘No Fly’ List

    The government doesn’t seem to have a very good explanation for how it bars people from flying.

    5 Comments / / Jun 28, 2013 at 3:31 PM
  • Olympic_rings_without_rims.svg

    5th Circuit, Arnold & Porter, Edith Jones, Election Law, Insider Trading, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.10.13

    * The first rule of Insider Trading Club is, you do not send discoverable e-mails about Insider Trading Club. [Dealbreaker]

    * Arnold & Porter staged a mock Olympics last time around. Now we’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop and we learn that the antitrust group was doping. [Washington Post]

    * Georgetown Law student Bindhu Parmathi crowned Miss District of Columbia! She will go on this September to participate in the Miss America pageant (aka “The pageant that Donald Trump doesn’t own). [The Examiner]

    * To recap: TSA took the stance that knives should be allowed on planes, but balked at fictional Jedi weapons. Yay America! [Lowering the Bar]

    * Illinois passes some of the strictest fracking regulations in the country. That’s a reference to hydraulic fracturing. Not just dropping Battlestar Galactica references. [Breaking Energy]

    * Indiana thinks it can discipline lawyers for criticizing a judge via private email. I would say that’s an insane misreading of the law, but I don’t want to get disciplined in Indiana, which sounds like the terrible prequel to Fifty Shades of Grey (affiliate link). [The Indiana Lawyer]

    * Five businessmen take off their pants to protest taxes. This is a bad precedent. I don’t want to see any of these Tea Party folks take off their pants. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Congrats to ATL reader Alicia Long, as well as co-author Jayne Jones, on publishing their new book Capitol Hell. [Amazon (affiliate links)]

    * The Judge Edith Jones incident should raise the national concern to improve diversity on the bench. But it won’t. [Judicial Clerk Review]

    * More follow-up on CBS’s improper campaign ad totally objective news documentary “Brooklyn D.A.” [New York Daily News]

    * If fans in the front row of your concert start holding out papers for you to grab, DON’T DO IT! Unless you want to get sued. Video after the jump, courtesy of Gawker…

    2 Comments / / Jun 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • Feel free to put this back in your carry-on luggage.

    9/11, Airplanes / Aviation, Travel / Vacation

    Weapons On A Plane? TSA Says ‘Sure!’

    The TSA continues to make rules based on emotion and appearances rather than passenger safety.

    21 Comments / / Mar 5, 2013 at 4:10 PM
  • scottevest RF

    Airplanes / Aviation, Biglaw, Bloomberg, Career Alternatives, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Travel / Vacation, Videos, YouTube

    Career Alternatives for Attorneys: Technology-Enabled Fashion Apparel Designer

    How does one go from practicing law to designing technology-enabled clothing? Find out here!

    6 Comments / / Jan 2, 2013 at 2:13 PM
  • Christmas tree law books

    Airplanes / Aviation, Cellphones, Family Law, Holidays and Seasons, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.26.12

    * Let’s be honest, if it wasn’t for 9/11, we’d already be allowed to leave our cellphones on during flights because before 9/11 we weren’t beaten and cowed by the rights abusing airline industry. [The Legal Satyricon]

    * “The Child Support Lady” is the lady that helps Dads avoid paying child support by representing fathers. I think I’d prefer the child support lady who helps Dads avoid paying child support by passing out condoms. [Miami Herald]

    * Check out his warning label on a doormat. [Overlawyered]

    * Christmas isn’t a deadweight economic loss, because sometimes people surprise you. [Daily Beast]

    * And now for the obligatory “look how lawyers would ruin Christmas if they could” posts. First, the oldie but goodie. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * And now here’s an issue spotter about Santa Claus. [Constitutional Daily]

    5 Comments / / Dec 26, 2012 at 5:58 PM
  • TSA officer

    Airplanes / Aviation, Holidays and Seasons, Traffic Accidents, Travel / Vacation, War on Terror

    Has The TSA Won?

    We enter another holiday season under the yoke of our transportation overlords…

    13 Comments / / Nov 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM
  • '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
  • Competitive wife-carrying. Seriously.

    Airplanes / Aviation, Health Care / Medicine, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs, Old People, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.10.12

    * SCOTUS decided not to hear the case about telecoms allegedly warrantlessly letting the NSA listen to your calls. So, does this mean we’re all on Candid Cellphone? [Threat Level / Wired]

    * We mentioned the Harvard Law grad turned alleged scam artist, John Donald Cody (a.k.a. Mr. X), last week. Check out this cool story about how the feds tracked him down after years of searching. [Arizona Republic]

    * A Finnish lawyer recently won the World Wife Carrying Championship, which is, I guess, exactly what it sounds like. Scandinavians are strange. [The Irreverent Lawyer]

    * Everyone loves stories about old people accidentally growing drugs because they didn’t know what marijuana looks or smells like. Harkens back to simpler time! [Legal Juice]

    * Now the TSA is apparently mistreating and humiliating terminal leukemia patients. Pardon the bluntness, but f**k you. Seriously. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * At least U.S.Customs Enforcement agents can still get their jobs done without disrespecting the sick and the old. Kudos for nabbing this dude flying in from Asia wearing body armor and carrying luggage full of weapons. The TSA folks should take notes. [ABC News]

    3 Comments / / Oct 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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  • Oh my god, he's got a gun!

    Airplanes / Aviation, Education / Schools, Guns / Firearms, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.31.12

    * Interim SLU Law Dean Tom Keefe said he’s nobody’s “butt boy.” Will that change if Father Lawrence Biondi succeeds in eliminating tenure? Your move, Keefe. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * Defending one’s right to carry an AK-47 around a park is kind of like defending your right to drink milkshakes and eat waffle fries until your heart explodes. There’s no f**king point, other than really wanting to show you can. Except that milkshakes are delicious. Guns, not so much. [FindLaw]

    * A penny saved is a penny earned grounds for a huge lawsuit. [Daily Business Review]

    * Japan said Samsung didn’t infringe on Apple’s patents. Woooo. Three different Apple v. Samsung cases down, 10 million more countries to go. [Ars Technica]

    * The TSA should seriously come out and say they just want to see us naked. Then at least we’d all be on the same page. [Threat Level / Wired]

    7 Comments / / Aug 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM
  • It almost feels like John Quinn is the one on trial, instead of Apple and Samsung.

    Airplanes / Aviation, D.C. Circuit, Document Review, john quinn, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Trials

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.02.12

    * Last year, the TSA was supposed to hold public hearings about those naked body scanners everyone loves so much, but they still haven’t done it (surprise, surprise). Now the D.C. Circuit is starting to get angry. [Wired / Threat Level]

    * Is there really life, hope, and maybe even an associate position beyond doc review work? This writer thinks so. [Greedy Associates]

    * Remember the man convicted of murder who claimed that “celebrity angels and demons” told him to do it? His mistress and coworker of has now been arrested and charged as well. [AJC]

    * This is a comic strip about a bear who also happens to be a lawyer. It is silly but also surprisingly clever, and funny jokes abound. [Bear Lawyer]

    * Apple fired back at John Quinn regarding his declaration in the Apple / Samsung trial, and then the company filed “an emergency motion for sanctions” with Judge Lucy Koh. I think everyone in this case needs to take a timeout and cool their jets for a while. [Bloomberg]

    * I mean, the trial is so hostile, the parties can’t even agree on the name of the case. [All Things D]

    * Who murdered Robert Wone? The mystery looms as large today as it did six years ago. [Who Murdered Robert Wone]

    * Holy s**t, this is like a real-life, Chinese version of “I’m Oscar! Dot com!” [Slate]

    6 Comments / / Aug 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM
  • Bain Romney

    Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.17.12

    * I’m not sure why Romney won’t just say that he lied to the SEC about when he left Bain. Lying to the SEC is just good business. Lying to the American people is something that politicians are only supposed to do for sex. [Wonkblog / Washington Post]

    * Character and fitness can be a surprisingly tough hurdle, so I’ve been told. [The Toronto Star]

    * Here are the top law faculties by scholarship. I’d bet this list and the list for top law faculties by salary are pretty similar. [Brian Leiter's Law School Reports]

    * Ed Hayes gets another profile, a dandy profile this time. [The Dandy Portraits]

    * This is a highlight reel of terrible lawyer ads. [Strategist via Findlaw]

    * Man with the largest penis gets frisked by TSA. When asked to comment, Sam said, “This is how we keep motherf***in snakes off the motherf***in planes.” [Hufffington Post]

    * Congratulations to the general counsel of Viacom. [Hollywood Reporter]

    9 Comments / / Jul 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM
  • nicki minaj crop

    Airplanes / Aviation, Music, Quote of the Day, Rap, Twittering

    Quote of the Day: Starships Were Meant to Fly (Without Groping)

    Starships were meant to fly (without groping). Should’ve added that to your lyrics, Nicki Minaj…

    19 Comments / / Jul 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM
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    Airplanes / Aviation, Deaths, Nauseating Things, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Screening Room Floor

    The TSA is at it again, this time allegedly disrespecting a man carrying his grandfather’s ashes for the sake of security screening…

    14 Comments / / Jun 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

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