October 2009


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45-Day Sentence for 6-Year-Old Caught With Camping Utensil

Hardened Delaware criminal and recent Cub Scout recruit Zachary Christie faces 45 days in reform school for bringing a camping utensil to school.  School officials decided that the utensil, which combines knife, fork and spoon, violated the district’s “zero-tolerance” policy….


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Armed Robber Sues After Being Shot by Armed Victim

In September, 22-year-old Scott Zeilinski sued the owner and staff of Nick's Short Stop Party Store in Clinton Township, Michigan, alleging that he was shot and wounded during a visit to the store. Those allegations appear to be true.  The…


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President Wins 2009 Nobel Prize for Not Being George W. Bush

The Swedish Nobel Committee announced today that President Barack Obama had been awarded its prestigious Not-Being-George-W-Bush Prize for 2009. While the committee noted that Obama has successfully not been George W. Bush for the past five decades or so, it…



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Cell-Phone Conversation Blamed for Accident at Sea

From a recent report of filings in San Francisco Superior Court: Bryerton v. Westar Marine Services, CGC-09-493160 (10/2/09) Marine personal injury action. The plaintiff was throwing a line to another ship when his ship's captain, who was distracted and talking…


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UPDATE: Opinion in “Pilates Instructor” Case

The opinion in this case (linked below, previously discussed here) is worth a read.  Just to clarify a few of the details, the parties had filed cross-motions for summary judgment.  Plaintiff's claims against the credit-card company were dismissed, which appears…



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Justice Scalia Calls for Dumbing-Down of the Legal Profession

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on an anecdote from a set of interviews that all the Supreme Court justices recently granted to C-SPAN.  This week is "Supreme Court Week" on C-SPAN, and that should attract more viewers than the channel's next biggest draw, the long-running…


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Kids Not Supposed to Ride on Roof of Car, Apparently

First they tell you kids can't ride in the trunk, now they get upset about having them ride on the roof.  What's a mother to do? Police in Albertville, Alabama, arrested a 37-year-old woman on Sunday and charged her with…