September 2008

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Woman In Cow Suit Charged With Disorderly Conduct

According to reports, a woman in Middletown, Ohio, was charged with disorderly conduct on Monday for a string of disturbances she caused while wearing a cow suit.  The woman allegedly chased children around her neighborhood, urinated on a neighbor’s front…


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What Could Possibly Explain the Market Crisis?

Now that the bailout has gone down in flames, and the nation’s soup kettles are starting to heat up, it is worth taking a moment to wonder why so many people seem to be wondering how this all came about. …


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“Seinfeld” Episode Used to Illustrate Duty of Good Faith

Admitting he was "perhaps an unlikely legal illustrator," the Maryland Court of Appeals recently cited Jerry Seinfeld to illustrate the contractual and fiduciary duty of "good faith." The case, Clancy v. King, is not especially notable otherwise, except maybe because…


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Another Option for Keeping Control of Your Courtroom: Duct Tape

Here’s another one from the archive, showing why it’s a bad idea to cause a Texas judge to lose his patience with you: (Whereupon, the following proceedings were held outside the presence and hearing of the jury.) COURT: All right. …


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Still More Comical Case Names

Schmuck v. United States, 489 U.S. 705 (1989).United States v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins, No. 05-56274 (9th Cir. Mar. 17, 2008).




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Man With 86 Wives Will Have 86 Lawyers

Human-rights groups in Nigeria say they have "mobilized" dozens of lawyers to help defend a man who has been threatened with death for having too many wives.  Bello Masaba, a preacher from the town of Bidda, in a Muslim majority…


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Attorney Who Bartered With Stripper Client is Suspended

In October, Illinois attorney Scott Erwin will begin a 15-month suspension that was imposed by the state bar for alleged misconduct involving a client.  A female client who worked as an exotic dancer charged that Erwin had touched her inappropriately…