January 2009

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Bay Area Docket (Jan. 6, 2009)

A new case filed this week in SF Superior Court.  I feel a little guilty about finding this hilarious, but I do: Thomas [redacted]., a minor, by his guardian ad litem v. Napa Valley Wine Country Tours; Shayne One; Richard Hoffmann;…


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Bear Forced to Wear Wire in Custody Battle

It's bad enough that our government is now routinely spying on us.  Now you can't even trust stuffed animals. Last week, a Nebraska man sued his ex-wife, her father, and the woman's former law firm for allegedly hiding a recording device…



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Pearson Returns; Seeks En Banc Hearing in Pants Case

Today brings the expected but still welcome news that former administrative judge Roy Pearson is still pursuing his case against the dry cleaners who allegedly lost his pants (shown, left, at a post-trial fundraiser in their honor).  This is despite the fact…


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Bail Granted On Condition Defendant Wear Underwear

Ben Hana, a homeless resident of Wellington, New Zealand, is known locally (although not very creatively) as "Blanket Man" because he goes around wrapped in a blanket.  Hana was arrested on December 23 on allegations of cannabis possession and indecent…


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2008 Lowering the Bar Awards

Now that 2008 is over, we can finally close the books on it and maybe try to evaluate some of the nonsense spawned during it. The following are my selections for those people and/or events that may have Lowered the Bar the…


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Legislation That Comes Back to Bite You

Tim Smith has just been trying to help, but as always, no good deed goes unpunished. Smith witnessed a car accident Monday as he was riding his bike to the beach.  (This happened in Fort Lauderdale, where people are still…