March 2009

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DUI Charge for Driver of Motorized Bar Stool

If you have been paying attention, you should know by now that you can be charged with driving under the influence no matter what sort of vehicle you are driving.  In the past we have seen DUIs handed out to people riding…


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Man Who Attempted Suicide Sues Hospital That Saved Him

If someone injures you while saving your life, can you sue them? Well, of course you can sue them, since you’re not dead, but can you win? I guess so.  Earlier this month, Michael Dexter was paid 90,000 pounds as…



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Ninety Days Is Sentence For “Suspicious Activity” With Vacuum

A 29-year-old man who pleaded no contest last month to indecent-exposure charges has been sentenced to 90 days in jail, reports said today.  The man was arrested last October after someone called police to report "suspicious activity" at a car…


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Tennessee Considers Low-Pants Bill

Maybe the economy has recovered faster than we all thought, because otherwise it seems odd that legislatures would still be spending time on low-pants legislation. Tennessee is the most recent jurisdiction to devote energy to this vital issue.  House Bill…


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Case Law Hall of Fame Addition: Denny v. Radar Industries

Here's one that's pretty darn concise: J.H. GILLIS, Judge. The appellant has attempted to distinguish the factual situation in this case from that in Renfroe v. Higgins Rack Coating and Manufacturing Co., Inc. (1969), 17 Mich.App. 259, 169 N.W.2d 326. …


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Contract Written in Blood Still Not Binding, Says Court

Attorneys in California who have been drafting contracts in blood, due to a belief that this will make the contract especially binding, should stop. Actually, attorneys anywhere who have been doing this should stop. As I noted back in 2007,…


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Ohio Court Says It Can’t Afford Any More Paper

Things are tough all over, including in the nation's courthouses.  A court in Ohio is so strapped for cash that it has announced that it will not accept new case filings starting today (March 16) because it only has enough…



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Motion for New Trial Based on Juror’s Twittering

I have ranted enough about the soul-crushing lump of Satan's dung that some call the "BlackBerry," so let me move on now to demon-spawned Twitter, which appears to be the latest method of shattering humanity's collective ability to concentrate and/or…