August 2006

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Order Granting Motion to Compel Lunch

Also circulating this week, some really excellent work by Judge Gaines of the Maricopa County (AZ) Superior Court.  This order resolves a dispute over the terms of a lunch meeting to discuss discovery issues by (among other things) ordering the…


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Latest Handwritten Notice of Appeal

Presented for your approval, Mr. George Swinger, Jr., a man clearly unhappy with the ruling in the trial court, and one for whom an even less happy result awaits on appeal. George Swinger’s Notice of Appeal (language warning, for those…


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America’s Proudest Pedophile

Phillip Distasio took a new and different approach to defending against pedophilia charges at his pretrial hearing in Cleveland this week.  His defense: admit with pride that you are a pedophile. "I’m a pedophile," he told the judge on Wednesday. …



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How to Get Reprimanded, #137

Call the judge a "jackass."  To be extra sure, describe a whole panel of appellate judges that way.  If you want to really lock it down, throw in a comparison or two to Adolf Hitler. This precedent was established on…


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New York Man Violates Two Rooster Laws at Once

According to this Associated Press article, it is illegal to possess a live rooster in New York City.  That’s good to know.  Also illegal: biting off its head. Even if you have a good reason, as Humberto Rodriguez said he…