August 2005

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“Do You Hate Me” Found to Be Useful Voir Dire Question

Things appear to be going quite pleasantly in the latest celebrity legal proceeding, namely the civil wrongful-death case against Robert Blake.  This of course follows Blake’s acquittal on charges of murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, after deploying the ironclad…


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Saddam Unhappy with Legal Team; Fires 1,499 of Them

The AP reported this week that Saddam Hussein, facing charges for genocide, murder, torture, and a shitload of unpaid parking tickets, has fired everyone on his legal defense team except for one attorney, Khalil al-Dulaimi. Evidently, that means Khalil will…



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Thai PM Uses “Family Feud” Device During Press Conference

Like many politicians, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra does not really like being grilled by reporters. In the past he has angrily refused to talk to the press for some time after difficult questions have been posed. But Thaksin appears…


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British Police Foil Ring of Gnome Thieves

Thieves that steal gnomes, that is, not thieves who are gnomes. Police in Britain today charged two women with something or other, ending an 11-day investigation into repeated thefts of gnomes and other garden items from towns in central Scotland….


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Least Successful Attempted Crime Spree

I think for something to qualify as a “crime spree” at least one of the crimes in the alleged spree has to have been successful. Otherwise, you would just have a series of attempted crimes, and I seriously doubt that…


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Man Beaten With Own Leg by Leg-Wielding Girlfriend

Is domestic violence ever funny? No, of course not. With the single possible exception of when all the following criteria are met: It happens to someone else, and It involves a man being beaten by a woman, and She beats…


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New York AG Shuts Down “Smackfest” Slapping Contests

Successfully concluding his latest campaign to enhance public safety, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has announced a settlement under which an Albany radio station will stop its “Smackfest” competition, in which young women slap each other for prizes. Spitzer…


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Yoga Classes Found to Make Inmates More Agitated and Aggressive

A Norwegian newspaper reported Wednesday that officials at Ringerike prison near Oslo have discontinued yoga classes after finding that they appeared to make the inmates more agitated and aggressive, not more relaxed as had been hoped. The classes, which feature…


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“Feel My Pipes” Deemed Inappropriate Icebreaker at Law Firm Events

In April, the St. Petersburg Times reported on sexual-harassment charges made by several female attorneys at Holland & Knight’s Tampa office against Douglas Wright, a partner in the firm.  The women complained of behavior that Wright called "joking and teasing,"…