June 2011

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Saudi Creeps Arrest Female Drivers

As I mentioned last month, the arrest of Manal al-Sherif for Driving While Female led Saudi activists to set June 17 as a day on which other women would also go out and drive around, to show solidarity and protest the…


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You Unsuccessfully Messed With the Zohan

The Hollywood Reporter law blog reports that the Second Circuit has rejected claims by Robert Cabell that Adam Sandler, and the other people responsible for the film "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," stole Cabell's idea. We now know that the answer…


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Captain Innocent Found Guilty

In what appears to represent both justice and the failure of a long-term parental naming strategy, Captain Innocent Sagahutu was convicted in May of crimes against humanity, following a lengthy trial. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the…



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Magnetic Underpants Questioned

Lobatoz v. Dream Products Inc., No. BC463269 (Cal. Super. Ct., filed June 10, 2011). Putative California-only consumer class action filed against Dream Products Inc. in California Superior Court (Los Angeles County) alleging deceptive marketing of the defendant's "Magnetic Slimming Panties."…


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Good Reason to Kill #18: Ate the Last Donut

It's a first-degree assault charge for Ednel Diedrich, who allegedly got so mad after his housemate ate a donut he bought that he "lay in wait" in the kitchen the next morning and hit the donut thief in the head…


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Expert Lap-Dance Testimony Fails to Persuade Court

Rejecting expert-witness testimony on the subject of lap dances, a court in New York has held that a strip club is liable for $125,000 in unpaid sales taxes. The expert failed to convince the court that a lap dance qualifies…


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House Bravely Takes No Action at All on Libya

The headline on this New York Times item is "House Sends Obama Message With Libya Votes." That message: "we are completely ineffectual blowhards." First, the House failed to pass Joint Resolution 68, which would have authorized the use of armed force…


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Witch Who Said Our Laws Do Not Apply to Her Turns Out to Be Wrong

An Australian woman described as "a marriage celebrant, self-styled witch and alternative therapies practitioner" was sentenced to two months in jail this week for an incident in which she drove away from a traffic stop with a policeman's arm caught…


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George Orwell Is Coming to Get You Both

Well, this is quite remarkable. In this commentary (via Salon), the lawyer who argued that waterboarding does not constitute "torture" now harshly criticizes another lawyer for arguing that bombing does not constitute "hostilities." The making of "utterly farcical" arguments of this kind undermines…