March 2008

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Escaped Prisoner Mocks Police, Insists They Recapture Him

A 31-year-old Estonian thief who escaped from a Finnish prison on February 29 was "recaptured" a week later, but only after going to some trouble to arrange it.  It’s not entirely clear whether Martin Vaiksaar had decided he wanted to…


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Bear Convicted

Reuters News reported last week that a court in Bitola, Macedonia, has convicted a bear of theft and property damage in a case brought by a beekeeper. Rumors of violent protests against the ruling in Jellystone Park could not be…


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New Website Design: Please Read With Caution

As you can tell (at least if you’ve seen a past version of this site), the design has changed mildly.  I remain loyal to blue, but certain other long-serving design elements have been ruthlessly and suddenly dumped, something I now…


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U.S. Supreme Court To Consider Use of Expletives

Use by others, that is, although it may use a few of its own. The Supreme Court granted certiorari today in the case of FCC v. Fox Television Stations, which presents the following question: Is the Federal Communication Commission’s determination…


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Another Reason Not to Streak in Minnesota

From the police blotter in Silver Lake, Wisconsin, yesterday: On 3-13-08 at approx. 1620 hrs., [Deputy] Zarletti was parked by the Silver Lake DNR boat launch when he was alerted by a citizen that a male was running across the…


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Kevorkian May Run for Congress

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who was released on parole last year after serving eight years for second-degree murder, reportedly will run for Congress in a hotly contested House race.  A local paper reported on March 12 that Kevorkian had obtained the…


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The Law Accordion to Hanson Bridgett

Would your managing partner wear lederhosen for a marketing video?  If not, maybe you work at the wrong firm. To celebrate a name change and its 50th birthday, the firm now known as HansonBridgett has put together the video below,…


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Politician Reinstated After Scandal

A politician who recently lost his job after a scandal has been reinstated, and his record will be cleared, officials said today. Thanks for reading, Client-9, but it’s not you. Eighth-grader Michael Sheridan, of New Haven, Connecticut, was suspended and…


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How Client-9 Was Caught

NPR had an interesting segment this morning (March 12) as to how Client-9, formerly known as Eliot Spitzer, was found out.  As you might expect, our old friend the USA Patriot Act had a part to play, helping fulfill its…


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Florida Election Too Close to Call Because Nobody Voted

Tired of feeling like your vote doesn’t count?  Move to Prospect Bend, an unincorporated community in Broward County, Florida, near the town of Tamarac.  There, every vote counts — or every vote would count, if they could get one. Tamarac…