January 2007

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Best Ruling of 2006?

The third category I’m putting up for a vote is the Judicial Ruling of the Year.  The nominees are: Order Granting Motion to Compel Lunch (Judge Gaines, Maricopa County, AZ)     My favorite part of this is the directive…


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Best Lawsuit of 2006?

I also want to honor the most compelling lawsuit of 2006.  It was particularly hard to choose between so many qualified contenders in this area, so I definitely wanted to put this to a vote.  (Note: these lawsuits are ones…


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Best Legal Argument of 2006?

As January 2007 comes to an end, so also does any excuse I might have for recapping the best stories of 2006.  I'll be doing that this week and am finishing up the review process.  It is very difficult to…



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Brat’s Screaming Ruled Proximate Cause of Chicken Tragedy

A court in Nanjing, China, has ruled that a man must compensate a local chicken farmer for hundreds of chickens allegedly killed by the man’s four-year-old son.  The man was making a delivery to the farm when his son, who…


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Iraqi Parliament Actually Has a Quorum

Further proof today that things are going great in Iraq—the New York Times reports that on Monday, the parliament was actually able to conduct business because, for the first time since November, enough people showed up to vote on things. …


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Police in Tijuana Are No Longer Empty-Handed

The war on drugs continues to rage in Tijuana, Mexico, but police officers there are in a much better position to fight it now that they have been given weapons. Although, since the weapons are slingshots, maybe their position is…


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Perry Mason Summarized

This is the essay I was looking for.  James Lileks does a review of the new Perry Mason DVD box set and reminds you that you don’t really need to get it because every show was basically the same. Link:…



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Professor Will Fight for Freedom of Fecal Expression

Kathleen Ensz will go on trial in May on a misdemeanor charge for "use of a noxious substance," based on an incident last year in which she wrapped some of her dog’s feces in a mailer she had received from…