December 2006

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East Texas Ninjas

Also known as Alamo v. Howard, this case was reported in East Texas Trial Reports in October.  The report is definitely worth a read but here’s a quick summary. The underlying facts involved some ninja training that Joshua Christian Alamo…


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UPDATE: Charges Against Accused Serial Meower Are Dismissed

Back in August, I reported on the dramatic story of the criminal harassment charges filed against a Pennsylvania teenager, accused of repeatedly meowing at his neighbor, 78-year-old Alexandra Carasia. Today, those charges were dismissed. The meowing allegedly began after the…


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Borat Defeats Frat-Guy Defamation Lawsuit

Superior Court Judge Joseph Biderman ruled today that he would not enjoin the movie "Borat" in a lawsuit by two South Carolina fraternity brothers who were shown in embarrassing circumstances.  The two claimed they were duped into appearing in the…


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Texas Bill Would Assist Blind Hunters

A bill introduced this week would help end long-standing discrimination against a group that until now has been unable to hunt effectively — blind Texans. I personally had not known that there were a significant number of blind hunters out…


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Employees May Not Be Fired for Insulting Boss, Says Court

Before you all erupt in either glee or rage (depending on your position), please be aware there are two conditions for applying this rule: (1) you must be in Malaysia, and (2) the insulting must be done behind your supervisor’s…


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Colorado Judge Rules “Hacky-Sack” Is Not Juggling

Just last week (or the week before), we got some clarity in the ongoing debate over whether a burrito is a sandwich (it isn't). This week, a ruling on whether playing "hacky-sack" is juggling. As you might expect, this story…


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Accused Serial Pig-Tosser Fined

Recently I read that the governor of Mississippi had initiated a campaign to improve the state’s image, pointing out that Mississippi actually ranks higher than people believe in areas such as charitable giving and education. This won’t help. Kevin Pugh,…


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Californian Wins Right to Use Exclamation Point in His Name

Darren Lloyd Bean of San Diego has won his struggle to change his name legally to "Darren QX Bean!" The "QX" is pronounced "Lloyd." I know this because according to the court’s opinion, Bean (the change hasn’t taken effect yet)…


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New York City Now Enforcing Ban on Mystery Meat

Those of you in the New York area may be happy to know that the state’s Division of Food Safety and Inspection has recently begun enforcing laws against selling a variety of foods from, shall we say, unregulated sources. You…


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UPDATE: Ex-Mayor Pleads Guilty to Buying Votes With Pork Rinds

In another update of a past story, the AP reports that the former mayor of Appalachia, Virginia, pleaded guilty yesterday to a number of felonies relating to an election-rigging scheme in the 2004 election.  Ben Cooper and his co-conspirators were…