December 2011

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Governor Praises Legislature for Mountain-Lion-Stuffing Bill

Here's the right way to use a "signing statement": To the Members of the California State Senate: I am signing SB 769, which allows for a dead mountain lion to be stuffed and displayed. This presumably important bill earned overwhelming support [from] both…


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Muslim Police Break Up Christian Broomstick Fight in Bethlehem

Here we go again. This time, it's Orthodox v. Armenian priests in a cage match at the Church of the Nativity: According to multiple sources (I'm citing the BBC because the British narrator makes the clip seem even more like a…


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Auto Insurer Won’t Cover Injury Caused by Dead Driver

Many have pondered the question, "If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?" But few have pondered the equally stupid question: "If a car causes an injury but…


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Amazon.com Now Thinks I Want to Buy a Snow-Cone Machine

Amazon's bots have concluded that based on recent research (see here, here and here), I may be interested in something from the Small Appliances Department, let's say possibly one or more of these snow-cone/ice-shaving machines: I guess that's fair, although (having…


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Man Calls 911 to Report Hookers’ Breach of Contract

You'd like to think that, at least during the holiday season, people would try harder to get along and to keep their promises to one another, even if the conduct they're all engaged in is technically illegal. But if they…


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Happy Legal Holidays

Here's a holiday email that a reader received from another lawyer:  Wishing you all the best for the Holidays and a wonderful New Year! This e-mail may contain confidential or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, please…


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Manitowoc Should Be Ashamed of This Planking Prosecution

I will admit to finding "planking" – the meme of having your picture taken while lying flat as a plank across something, and then posting it – to be both stupid and funny. To me the world needs more of…


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For Christmas, Your Government Will Explain Why It’s Legal to Kill You

Ha! Just kidding! It won't tell you that. That's classified! Plaintiffs The New York Times Company, Charlie Savage, and Scott Shane (jointly, "NYT"), by their undersigned attorney, allege for their Complaint: 1.  This is an action under the Freedom of Information…


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The Great Totem Pole Caper

This happened last year, but there's no limitations period on totem-pole stories as far as I'm concerned. In August 2010, the Rotary Club of West Seattle celebrated the return of a beloved totem pole to Rotary Viewpoint Park. Luckily, this story…


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Things You Can’t Do in a Royal Park

According to the UK's Royal Parks and Other Open Spaces Regulations, 1997 No. 1639, Reg. 4, it is forbidden to do (among other things) any of the following without written permission in Hyde Park or other land to which said regulations…