October 2008

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UPDATE: Supreme Court Denies Motions for Divided Argument

The Supreme Court did take up the "emergency" motions for reconsideration in the Carcieri case at its Friday conference today, and denied them.  That means it will not decide whether Joe Larisa or Ted Olson gets to argue for the…


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Supreme Court May Decide Supreme Court Argument Argument

The furious (and now completely ridiculous) battle over which attorney gets to argue Carcieri v. Kempthorne for the petitioners in the Supreme Court continues to rage, and it now looks like it may be resolved by the Court itself on Friday. Because…


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Florida Low-Pants Crackdown Implicates Few

Police reports posted today show that attempts to enforce a Florida ordinance against saggy pants have been less fruitful than sponsors may have hoped.  In the nine weeks since enforcement of the Riviera Beach ordinance started, police have arrested and/or cited only…



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TSA Fails to Detect Box Cutters, Inflatable Yasir Arafat Dolls

In the November issue of the Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg offers more evidence that airport security is mostly to make it seem like somebody is doing something, and is not in fact protecting you much: [B]ecause I have a fair amount…


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Woman Arrested for Cybermurder

A 43-year-old woman in Tokyo has been arrested for killing her husband, although they weren't legally married, she didn't really kill him, and he isn't really dead. The two had only met online, as part of a popular interactive game…


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D.C. Court Hears Argument in Appeal of Pants Case

Roy Pearson Jr., who is on the verge of getting his own category here, was in the D.C. Court of Appeals on October 22 to argue for the reinstatement of his $54-million lawsuit against the dry cleaners who he says lost…


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ACLU Successfully Defends Woman’s Right to Swear

Sources are reporting that Dawn Herb, who as you may recall was cited for disorderly conduct in 2007 after a neighbor heard her swearing at her toilet, has settled her lawsuit against the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Ms. Herb, who…



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Yet Another Comical Case Name

This one may take you a little while to get through, but it’s worth it: United States v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America, AFL-CIO; Commission of La Cosa Nostra; Anthony Salerno, also known as Fat…