September 2009

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Joe Francis Pleads Guilty, Avoids Jail in Tax Case

"I'm happy to finally be able to redirect my attention to the business at hand, which is to provide quality entertainment," said Joe Francis after his guilty plea was accepted on September 23.  "Quality" is not really the first adjective…



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Emu Tased

On Sunday, police in Scott County, Mississippi, finally cornered and subdued one of the emus that have apparently been threatening motorists on Interstate Highway 20 for the last few days. If you are traveling in the area, please be aware…


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UPDATE: State High Court Will Not Review Burning Man Case

On September 16, the California Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of Anthony Beninati, who blamed promoters of the Burning Man festival for injuries he sustained in 2005.  Its decision affirmed that of the Court of Appeal, which ruled…



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Great Wall Warnings

I guess the bottom sign might be asking that others assist heart patients who may be trying to ascend the Great Wall, rather than a warning to the latter not to do so.  It's hard to say. There seems little…


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“Some Rumors Should Rest Untested”

Here's an opinion by the Minnesota Court of Appeals that is unpublished, but should not go unread.  Below are the first two sentences of the court's opinion – I have reversed the order for slightly greater comedic effect: Four teenage…


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Attorney Crashes Party at Courthouse Groundbreaking

A new federal courthouse is being built in Austin, Texas, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 2 that attracted numerous dignitaries.  The group assembled for the ceremonial portrait below included two district judges, two magistrate judges, four U.S. representatives and a…


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Big Firm Rocked by Tab-Divider Scam

In what is believed to be the largest tab-divider scam yet perpetrated on a large American law firm, three men are accused of defrauding Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati out of $1 million by charging it for tab dividers that were never delivered. …


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Sex Fees Not Deductible Medical Expenses, Tax Court Rules

Therapeutic?  Probably.  Deductible?  No. So ruled the U.S. Tax Court yesterday in the case of William Halby, a New York tax attorney who claimed that the amounts he spent on, let's call them personal-gratification-related books and materials, and also numerous professional intimate-therapy service providers,…