June 2007

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Readers Overwhelmingly Support Morrison Pardon

In the interest of moving on to polls dealing with other critical world issues, I’m going to declare victory for the pro-pardon forces on the question whether Jim Morrison should be granted a posthumous pardon for his indecent-exposure conviction back…



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Granddaughter of Zorro Sues For Treaty Violation

I have no details yet, but this report indicates that a very dramatic lawsuit was filed Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court: Eowyn v. b.b. Cts. de la Vega v. St. Vincent de Paul Society and Mercy Housing Corp., CGC-07-464019…


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Burglar’s Plea to “Let It Be” Backfires With Judge

Quality judicial work by Judge Gregory Todd of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court, Yellowstone County, Montana.  You can see a PDF of the memo itself at the link below, but here’s an excerpt: Mr. McCormack, you pled guilty to the…


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Charges Dropped Against Woman Arrested for Making Faces at Police Dog

A Vermont prosecutor has dropped dog-taunting charges against Jayna Hutchinson of Lebanon, New Hampshire, thus possibly averting a constitutional showdown over free expression. Hutchinson was arrested on July 31 after police responded to reports of a brawl going on at…


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UPDATE: Defendants Cleared of Ostrich-Impotency Charges

Three teenagers in Bautzen, Germany, will have to pay less than $200 in costs after a court ruled that the ostrich farmer who sued them could not prove that they had caused his prize breeding ostrich, Gustav, to become impotent….


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Judge Drops Pants; Suit Still On

New developments this week in the lawsuit by D.C. administrative law judge Roy Pearson against his local dry cleaners, alleging a diabolical pants-related scheme.  As you may recall, Pearson sued under the D.C. consumer-protection statute after the cleaners allegedly lost…


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Biggest Divorce Settlement Ever Gets Bigger

Sometimes it’s hard to let go when you think a judge’s ruling was wrong, but sometimes a motion for reconsideration is not a good idea.  Case in point: Michael Polsky’s motion to reconsider the $176 million award to his ex-wife,…



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Law Student Claims Discrimination Against Unskilled Typists

I've been meaning to post this for a while—it's not new, but worth having in the Hall of Pleading Shame. Late last year, Adrian Zachariasewycz (or, as his complaint states in paragraph 1, "hereinafter Adrian Zack"), after not being hired…