April 2007


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Morrison Pardon Update: Letter to Gov. Crist

Sent this today to Governor Crist of Florida.  I encourage you all to drop him a line as well. ——————————————- Dear Governor Crist: I’m an attorney in San Francisco who does a lot of writing on, let’s say, "unusual" legal…



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UPDATE: Underwear-Throwing Not Motive in Opera Cancellation

A few corrections to my report a while back on the lawsuit involving opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Australian pop singer John Farnham.  The coverage I saw claimed that Dame Kiri had backed out of a joint-concert deal…



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UPDATE: Convictions in “Band-Aid Bandit” Case

On April 12, a jury in Tampa convicted Rafael Angel Rondon of being the "Band-Aid Bandit," suspected in the robberies of 39 banks in nine counties between 2000 and 2006.  Rondon’s brother-in-law, Emeregildo Roman, was also convicted. The report did…


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Japanese Company Warns That Defective Toilets May Catch Fire

Toto Ltd., Japan’s leading toilet manufacturer, announced today that it was offering free repairs for a defect that had been identified in its popular "Z Series" toilets.  The company said that the defect, related to the toilets’ electrical systems, may…



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Candidate Wins Race With Zero Votes

Joe Selle appears to have triumphed in last week’s city council elections in Missouri City, Missouri, a town of 300 people that is confusingly situated near Kansas City, Missouri. Here’s the background you’ll be wanting on that.  Missouri City, Missouri,…


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People You Probably Don’t Want to Have Do Your Taxes

This list could probably get a lot longer, but right now I have two. First, Marva Bilberry, of Belton, Missouri, who runs Bilberry Bookkeeping & Tax Service, at least for now.  On April 11, the Justice Department sued Bilberry, alleging…