July 2011

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Bad Law Book Titles #2

  Finally. There must be thousands of books out there claiming they can help you succeed, and frankly, it was getting a little boring.


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Mystery Man Identified

The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that the Utah inmate I mentioned earlier has been identified, but sadly, it appears he is not the missing DA from Pennsylvania. John Doe's brother reportedly recognized him after the mug shot was released to…


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Study Shows Broken Bottles Can Be Used to Stab People

From a summary this week in Science Daily of a study conducted at the University of Leicester:  Mr Nolan said: "It is common knowledge that broken glass bottles can be used as an effective stabbing weapon and the results of the…


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Do You Know This Man? He Probably Hopes Not [Updated]

There is some speculation that a mystery prisoner in Utah, who was arrested three weeks ago for trespassing and has refused to give any information about himself, is actually a former Pennsylvania district attorney who disappeared six years ago and…


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Judge: First Amendment Doesn’t Guarantee Freedom to Bark

An Ohio man faces trial for “assaulting a police dog” now that a judge has rejected his argument that the law is unconstitutional. Ryan Stephens was arrested in Mason, Ohio, after he allegedly walked up to the window of a…


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Bad Law Book Titles #1

Quit kidding around, whoever hasn't been taking this seriously. It's not me — I just checked, and I've used that phrase exactly once, back when Robert Blake was in jail on suspicion of killing his wife, and he was recorded…


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Plaintiff Compares Former Boss to Sauron, Self to Baggins

Analogies are tricky in legal writing, mainly because of the risk you may stretch one too far and lose credibility. This one might have been a bit overstretched. According to the Telegraph, which reported the story in November 2010 and…


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Warning: Visitors May Be Eaten

Sooner or later, the Lujan Zoo in Argentina is going to get around to providing an excellent demonstration of how evolution works. This is not necessarily because the zoo does a good job of explaining the science behind it, but…


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Assorted Stupidity #23

Doctrine of Proportionate Response: "Reed told police that he sat behind Willis and initially planned to attack him with a hammer, but fearing that would kill him, chose to light him on fire instead." Ladies and gentlemen, the complimentary peanuts…