May 2006


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Panel Concludes Legislators Should Not Work Drunk

A citizen panel in Oregon has come to the conclusion that state legislators and legislative staff should not be drunk while performing their official duties.  The Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature adopted the policy on Monday after it was…


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Las Vegas Police Catch Woman Who Filed False Disability Claims

Police had more difficulty than they expected in catching Laura Lee Medley, because she is not in fact disabled as she had claimed to be in a series of claims she had filed against various public entities.  Medley reportedly filed…


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BBC Interviews Wrong Man Re Apple Trademark Verdict

Showing just how easy it is to qualify as a talking-head legal expert on television, Guy Goma bravely fielded questions from a BBC reporter recently about the outcome of a trademark battle between the Beatles’ "Apple Corp." and Apple Computer. …


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“Curse You” — The Musical!

Reuters News reports that a new translation of Saddam Hussein’s novel, "Get Out of Here, Curse You," will be released this week in Japan.  The novel is believed to have been written on the eve of the 2003 invasion and…


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Feud A’brewin Over Appalachian Pet Ownership

The Collins family of Melvin, Kentucky (that’s Floyd County) loves Kitty and ain’t a-gonna give him up.  "He’s not bothering nobody," says Barry Collins.  But the Hall family does not like Kitty.  "I think [Kitty] needs to be in a…


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Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Golfers Need Not Yell “Fore”

The Hawaii Supreme Court has ended Ryan Yoneda’s quest for compensation from Andrew Tom, who he says hit him in the eye with a golf ball in 1999. Yoneda v. Tom, No. 26271 (Haw. Apr. 28, 2006). In a unanimous ruling,…



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Oklahoma Ends Tattoo Holdout

Caving in to the degradation of moral character so evident in the other 49 states, Oklahoma has finally legalized tattooing, passing legislation last week that ended a forty-year-old state ban on the practice.  Surprisingly, Oklahoma was the only state in…


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Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs Warrantless Laxatation

On Thursday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that forcing a suspect to drink massive doses of a laxative in hopes of recovering a swallowed bag of heroin was not unconstitutional.  The court of appeals had held that the strategy amounted…