November 2009

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Plaintiff Who Alleged Airport Concealment Has Litigation History

Stanley G. Hilton, who recently sued (among many others) San Francisco International Airport and his realtors for allegedly failing to warn him that his house was close to the airport, turns out to be an attorney, and one with a record of…


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Marriage Illegal in Texas, Says Candidate

Barbara Ann Radnofsky, formerly a partner with Vinson & Elkins and now a Democratic candidate for Texas Attorney General, has pointed out the uncomfortable fact that a 2005 amendment to the state constitution, which was designed to ban gay marriage, may in fact…



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Business Manager Says He Told Nicolas Cage Not to Buy Those Castles

For those of you wondering why Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage has been appearing recently in movies like "The Wicker Man," "Ghost Rider," and other suckfests, the answer is (as you might have suspected) that he really needs the money. Although Cage has of…


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Fake Policeman Stolen

Apparently hoping to save money on law enforcement costs, the county of Essex in the UK has deployed eight life-size cardboard cutouts of police officers, which have been posted in various shops "to deter and confuse would-be criminals."  Cardboard cutouts…


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Man Tests Police by Dressing to Match Suspect’s Description

I can remember times when I was really, really bored.  I mean, really bored.  But I don't think I've ever been so bored that I even considered checking a police scanner to get a description of somebody the police were looking…


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Joe Francis Sentenced to Time Served, Is Now Free to Sleaze Again

Joe Francis, the Girls Gone Wild founder — or as Gawker.com described him, the "alleged arm-twisting sexual aggressor and loathsome Girls Gone Wild founder" — was sentenced on November 7 to time already served, and was released into the wild…



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Plaintiff Alleges That Defendants Concealed Location of His House

This case was filed recently in San Mateo County, just south of San Francisco: Stanley G Hilton v. San Francisco International Airport; San Francisco International Airport Authority; City and County of San Francisco; San Mateo County; Town of Hillsborough; United…


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Bear-Disturbance Acquittal Follow-Up

Last week I mentioned that I was having trouble finding the law that Kenneth Herron supposedly violated when he infiltrated the bear grotto at the San Francisco Zoo.  I speculated that it might have been section 5.08 of the San…