March 2008

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Elvis’s Pretrial Conference Goes Poorly

Tip: if appearing in court for a pretrial conference in your criminal case, it is best to present a respectful demeanor and stay relatively low-key.  One should avoid, for example, showing up dressed as a late-model Elvis Presley, complete with…


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New York Town Takes Serious Action Against Silly String

On March 3, the town board of Huntington, New York took decisive action to maintain public order by banning the sale of Silly String within 1,500 feet of a parade route.  It joined several other U.S. communities in doing so….


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Brazilian Boy Will Not Be Allowed to Enter Law School

Officials at Paulista University in Brazil said they had decided that Joao Victor Portelinha de Oliveira would not be allowed to start law school this year as he had planned.  Although he successfully passed the entrance exams and a writing…


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A Doughnut Drama in Three Acts

Act One.A small town in Oregon.  Two men in "cowboy garb," Adam and Vincent, are eating doughnuts.  Enter two sheriff’s deputies. DEPUTY ONE:   A burglary has been reported.DEPUTY TWO:  Yes, we must hurry to the scene of it.VINCENT:       …


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Deponent and Counsel Jointly Sanctioned $367 Per F-Bomb

"Few depositions warrant sanctions more than this one," wrote Judge Eduardo Robreno (E.D. Pa.), in this opinion dated February 29, before embarking on an "extended discussion" of the conduct to show why.  The story and a PDF of the opinion…



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Japanese Bikini Model Uses Self as Exhibit

Serena Kozakura was convicted last year of property destruction, after a man accused her of kicking a hole in the door of his room so she could get inside.  Since Kozakura is a well-known pin-up and bikini model in Japan,…


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Police Say Shooting Designed to “Get Some Time Off Work”

Most of us have "called in sick" at one point or another, when we probably could have dragged ourselves into the office but had other priorities.  But who among us has been as creative, determined, and stupid as Daniel Kuch,…