October 2011

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How Not to Respond to an Allegation

This way: [Herman Cain] was then asked, “Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?” He breathed audibly, glared at the reporter and stayed silent for several seconds. After the question was repeated three times, he…


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Unhappy Halloween, Firm That Mocked Homeless People

If you have been thinking that the public's general impression of lawyers is way too high, and would like to bring it down a few notches, here's an idea: for Halloween, dress up as some of the people you helped…


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Shape-Shifting Donkey Prostitute Strikes Again

"Your worship, I only came to know that I was being intimate with a donkey when I got arrested," a 28-year-old Zimbabwe man told a magistrate on Monday. The man, who had been arrested for being intimate with a donkey,…


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Egyptians March in Support of Oppressed People of Oakland

Wait, what? Okay, Oakland sucks, but at least they aren't cracking people's skulls over there like they did in Egypt. They did what now? Okay, granted, but at least that was an accident. In Egypt the government would deliberately kill…


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Good Reason to Kill No. 19: Cheated at Monopoly [Updated]

In the realm of parlor gaming, previously only Yahtzee has sparked this kind of murderous rage. (Arguably also Dungeons & Dragons, but I think that case was more about an alleged abuse of the great power granted to a Dungeonmaster and so not…


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Washington Horn-Honker Wins First Amendment Challenge

I will have more to say about this, but I have just learned that Helen Immelt, the Washington woman who challenged her conviction for horn-honking on First Amendment grounds, has been vindicated by the Washington Supreme Court. See "No Right…


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In Canada It Is Illegal to Alarm the Queen

In response to the news that it may soon be illegal to insult an Australian Minister for Gaming, a number of Canadians have informed me that it has long been illegal there to do any act "with intent to alarm…



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Court: Warrantless Search Can’t Be Justified by Smell Alone

"To smell it is not the same as to see it." So saith the California Court of Appeal in Robey v. Superior Court, holding that the trial court should have suppressed evidence that a package contained marijuana because the only…


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Adult Baby Cleared of Social Security Fraud

After an investigation prompted by U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, the Social Security Administration has cleared adult baby Stanley Thornton Jr. of Coburn's allegations of disability fraud. Why was Senator Coburn bothering an adult baby? Because he saw the adult baby…