April 2011

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Legislative Update!

Here's an update on some of the legislative efforts that Lowering the Bar has been tracking. Maine's legislature has passed LD 126, the bill I mentioned in February that allows one-armed citizens to use switchblades. The governor is expected to sign the bill…


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From the Docket: Mr. Potato Head

Bernadette M_____ v. Northern Trust, National Association, et al., No. CGC 11-510013 (San Francisco Super. Ct. filed Apr. 7, 2011). Employment complaint for sex, age and race discrimination. The plaintiff, an Irish citizen, suffered through a Mr. Potato Head contest organized by…



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Behold the Peeps Diorama Entries

The ABA Journal is running a contest for the best law-themed Peeps diorama, and while it is apparently too late to enter now, you can take a look at the gallery of entries here (it's a slideshow, but still). I'm partial…


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Man Charged With Wiretapping for Using Phone During Traffic Stop

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader (via Slashdot), police in the town of Weare charged a man with unlawful "interception of oral communications" – a felony – because he used his phone during a traffic stop. According to police, the call…


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Tricky Dick: The Musical [Updated]

The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog reports that students at Duke Law School have written and produced a musical about a young Richard Nixon, who graduated (third in his class!) from Duke in 1937 and quickly became its least favorite…


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Assorted Stupidity #15

The Speaker of the Florida House has chastised Rep. Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) for using the word "uterus" in a floor debate. Claiming Republicans are only opposed to regulation if it involves business, not social issues like abortion, Randolph suggested that…


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President Receives Transparency Award in Closed Meeting

Not an April Fools’ prank. Seriously. According to Politico and the Washington Post, a couple of weeks ago President Obama was scheduled to receive an award from the organizers of the Freedom of Information Day Conference, to be presented at the White…