April 2010

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Judge Finds Hockey Player Guilty of Being a Colossal Asshole

I think this is the first time I've used this particular word here, but I think it has to be done.  On April 9, the chief judge of the provincial court for Canada's Prince Edward Island acquitted a local hockey player…


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Two Leave Legal Profession

First, as you have likely heard, Justice John Paul Stevens announced today that he will retire at the end of the Court's current term.  The announcement comes just 11 days short of the Justice's 90th birthday, and, not that it…


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Arrest Warrant Based on Overdue DVD Is Last Straw for Colorado Judge

The city council of Littleton, Colorado, said Tuesday that although it was "disappointed and saddened" by the situation, it had decided to fire Municipal Judge James Kimmel after almost 30 years of service.  Matters came to a head after a 19-year-old…



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Court: Cell-Phone User Should Not Have Been Held in Contempt

A Florida appellate court has ruled that a judge went too far when he held Michelle McRoy in contempt after her cell phone rang in court.  In the 2009 incident, Judge Anthony Johnson not only found McRoy in contempt, he…


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BARGAIN ALERT: Law Degrees Cheap in Kazakhstan

That was fast.  A reader (from Chicago) informed me just now that 41,400 Kazakh tenge is currently the equivalent of US $281.80, so assuming that the Institute will be offering a U.S.-standard three-year law degree (about 90 credit-hours), that works…


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JOB ALERT: Kazakhstan Law School Looking for a Dean

How far are you willing to go for a job?  If the answer is "a really long way," you should know that the Legal Profession Blog reported yesterday that a law school in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is looking for a dean….


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Internet Proves Pigs Can Fly, Judge Says

He was being just a tad sarcastic, but he did say it. On April 6, the California Court of Appeal vacated a lower court's ruling that Steven Martinez should be granted a "compassionate release" from prison because he is a quadriplegic….



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A Year of Lowering the Bar

My latest article, "A Year of Lowering the Bar," appears in the most recent version of The Green Bag's yearly almanac & reader, or to use its full title, the "Almanac of Useful and Entertaining Tidbits for Lawyers for the…