September 2006

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Congressman Steps Down After Questionable E-Mails

Representative Mark Foley resigned from Congress today after questions were raised about e-mails he sent to a 16-year-old former congressional page.  Excerpts of the e-mails were published by ABC News and then were posted on a Washington ethics group’s website,…


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Law Student Has Not Learned Not to Steal

Law student by day, cat burglar by night.  A judge in Australia has sentenced Phillip Ryan See, 27, to over four years in jail for robbing 43 homes in the suburbs of Sydney, where he was also studying for a…


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Endangered Species Rescued from Smuggler’s Pants

Robert Cusack was sentenced to five and a half months in prison for smuggling a variety of endangered species into the United States from Thailand in 2002.  In addition to the four birds of paradise and 50 rare orchids that…


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Deer Season Cited As Basis for Motion to Continue Trial Date

To the list of possible reasons for seeking a continuance, you can now add the start of deer-hunting season, at least if you live in Arkansas.  John Hall, the attorney for Bobby Junior Cox (not "Bobby Cox, Jr.," but "Bobby…


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Man Injures Self When Assaulting Biker Gang

In all the stories I’ve seen to date that involve a motorcycle gang being attacked for no reason by one guy with a pool cue, stories that so far I’ve only seen in my mind, the bulk of the injuries…


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Man on Trial for Computer Theft Steals Courthouse Computers

39-year-old Jon Eipp of Novato, California, pled guilty on Monday to charges including computer theft, his defense in a pending jury trial on those claims having been somewhat weakened by evidence that he stole six computers from the courthouse during…


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Ninth Circuit Rejects Right-to-Land-Personal-Jet Case

While the Ninth Circuit is often labeled as a "liberal" court that will accept virtually any civil-rights claim, don’t tell that to Ron Tutor, who is still unable to land his private jet at the airport in Hailey, Idaho.  In…


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How Law Evolves in Serbia

According to Judge Omer Hadziomerovic of the Belgrade District Court, Serbian legal culture has a long way to go, but TV is helping: We have a low level of legal culture . . . . There is little understanding of…