June 2006

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Lowering the Bar Cited as International Precedent

As many of you know, I have long had two primary goals for this enterprise: to provide some entertainment for myself and other attorneys (and friends of attorneys) slogging away at their various billing stations, and to be cited as…


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Compulsive-Shopper Defense Does Not Spare Woman From Jail for Spree

Betty Jean Barachie of Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 27 months in prison this week despite testimony from a psychologist that she was "one of the most extreme cases" of compulsive shopping he had ever seen.  Barachie admitted stealing more…


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$10 Parking Fine Spawns First-Amendment Brawl

What’s the memo line on your checks really for?  Robert Militzer put his to good use earlier this month when he wrote a check to pay the Berkley County (Michigan) District Court a $10 parking fine.  Militzer admits that during…



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Alert Bartender Saves Plymouth, Indiana, From Terrorist Attack

No he didn’t. A (sadly, unnamed) bartender called authorities early Monday morning after he spotted a flashing red light on the wall of a restaurant at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, and suspected it to be a bomb.  Thirty-five people…



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Anti-Fluffernutter Legislation Sparks Battle in Massachusetts

Always looking for more ways to divide the party internally, Democrats are now arguing amongst themselves over whether or not to ban Fluffernutters in New England schools. Yet more evidence that all other problems have been solved by our state…


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Criminal Cat Spared, Gets Home Detention

Lewis the Cat, who has terrorized her neighborhood in Fairfield, Connecticut, was granted a stay of execution and placed on probation. Link: CNN.com


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LoTB Road Show Draws Few Protesters

Thanks to those who attended (live or by videoconference) the first Lowering the Bar Traveling Road Show, International Mideast Peace Conference and Petting Zoo last Friday.  It appeared to be well-received, as few objects were thrown and those that actually…


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Robber Sues Store Employees After Beating

Dana Buckman of Rochester, New York, is suing AutoZone and two of its employees for personal injury and emotional distress after a beating he suffered at the hands of the employees.  He was not deterred from suing by the fact…