June 2010

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Adultery Still a Crime in New York

I saw a post on Boing Boing the other day about a list of "dumb laws," which the poster was not sure were real.  They weren't, or at least there were no citations, which always makes me skeptical – there…



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From the Docket: Attack of the Bulb

Eric Wright v. Alliance Residential LLC, Case No. RG10-519746 (filed June 10, 2010). Premises liability action where the plaintiff was hit in the head by a light bulb in his kitchen at The Courtyards apartments in Emeryville [California]. The plaintiff was…


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Must-Have Item for Sleep-Deprived Lawyers: the Pillow Tie

A Utah company has developed a product that may revolutionize conference calls for the bored associate (or, occasionally, partner, although they are usually doing most of the talking), so long as he is taking the call from the privacy of…


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Washington’s Handlers Sneak Stolen Book Back Into Library

Insisting it is not the same book, but only another copy of the same edition, George Washington's henchmen in Mount Vernon have quietly returned "The Law of Nations," which Washington borrowed in 1789 and never brought back. As you may…


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Not Fooling Anyone

Here are just a few of the people who were not fooling anyone this week: Jean Marc Viau, an Edmonton man who claimed an officer beat him up after a traffic stop, when asked in court if he had been…


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“Carlos the Jackal” Still Worried About His Image

Convicted terrorist and murderer Carlos Ilyich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as "Carlos the Jackal," is still upset about how he is portrayed in the new movie, "Carlos," which premiered at Cannes in May.  Ramirez is fuming about the movie from…


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Assorted Stupidity #2

In March, the Seattle Post-Examiner reported on a lengthy federal and state investigation into area strip clubs.  Suggesting the investigation was a witch hunt, the attorney for one of the owners alleged that one undercover detective visited the clubs more…


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No Tweeting in Court, Judge Tells Blagojevich

Opening statements are underway in Rod Blagojevich's trial in Chicago, but there will be no further tweets from @GovernorRod until at least the end of the day: the judge has ordered him not to tweet in court. "I do not…


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No Waiting for Dubious Arguments at the Blagojevich Trial

The corruption trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich started this morning, but he fired the first salvo before even walking in the front door.  It missed. His lawyers filed a motion prior to opening statements arguing that Blagojevich had…