October 2011

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The Armadillo Codes

Several readers have asked what ICD-10 injury code would apply in the case of someone struck by a frozen armadillo. See "Injury Code W5922XA: Struck by Turtle," Lowering the Bar (Sept. 13, 2011)); See also "Man Allegedly Beat Woman With Frozen…


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Have-Lunch-Nearby Getaway Plan Succeeds!

It was only about a week ago that I mentioned the poor track record of the strategy of sitting down for lunch in the vicinity of your crime, and now here's a case where this actually may have worked. Last…


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Judge: Feds Don’t Have to Pay for Wrecked Ferrari

According to this report, the federal government will not have to pay for the Ferrari F50 that one of its agents wrecked in 2009. See "Insurer Sues FBI for Crashing Ferrari," Lowering the Bar (Mar. 3, 2011). The joke then, which…



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A Pistol in the Pants Can Lead to Trouble

Doesn't seem like much good could ever come of this, really. Ask Plaxico Burress, or this guy. Bonus points: he was hunting possums. Bonus quote: Mountain Safety Council chief executive Darryl Carpenter said people shot themselves accidentally "surprisingly very little."…


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Cupcake Batterer Charged with Domestic Violence

I'm concerned that this sort of thing will become rampant in Topeka now that misdemeanor domestic battery is legal there, although on second thought, it's really not something to be concerned about. Although it is a waste of good cupcakes….


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Gaga Defeats Goo Goo

A court in London has issued an injunction against the Moshi Monsters website and its parent company, Mind Candy, which prevents defendants from releasing a single purporting to be performed by Lady Goo Goo, a cartoon character that some seem…


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Escape Unpleasant Assignments With This Office Ejection Seat

What better item for a law-firm associate's office than this office chair made from the ejection seat of a Royal Navy bomber? Perfect for those occasions when you already have more work than you can handle, it's late Friday afternoon, and…



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Kansas Budget Battle Says “OK!” to Domestic Violence

That's a slight exaggeration, depending on who you ask. According to this report (also this one), no one is currently being prosecuted for misdemeanor acts of domestic violence committed in Topeka, Kansas, because of a dispute between the city and county…