October 2013

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If They Violate Your Privacy in the Woods, Do You Make a Sound?

Not if you don't know about it, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, who, incredibly, is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Mike Masnick writes at techdirt about an amazing exchange between Rogers and Prof. Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at…



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Of Course the Dress Code Does Not Apply to the Savior

Partners can usually get away with violating a dress code, as long as they aren't being too outrageous. This is especially true of senior partners, and if the senior partner in question is also the Savior, well, He could wear…


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Officer Who Pepper-Sprayed UC Davis Students Is Awarded $38,000

Here’s a question for you: Of those involved in the incident below— —who would you say should receive more money as a result? the student being sprayed in the face the police officer spraying her all the students should get…


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South Dakota v. Fifteen Impounded Cats

In this case—now also appearing on the Comical Case Names page—the Supreme Court of South Dakota grappled with legal issues arising from an officer's decision to impound fifteen cats he found roaming around a woman's car. South Dakota v. Fifteen…


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Police Called to Investigate Breakroom Jell-O Theft

The Smoking Gun reported on October 11 that a Pennsylvania man fed up with people stealing his snacks out of the refrigerator at work decided to report the matter to the authorities. According to the police report obtained by TSG, the man…


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Official State Crap: Colorado

Official state flower: The white and lavender columbine. Actually, the identity of the Colorado state flower is not entirely clear. Section 24-80-905 does say it's "the white and lavender columbine," but that turns out to be a description, not a…


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Assorted Stupidity #56

Got behind on posts this week because on Thursday I gave a presentation in Santa Monica on legal-ethics issues that arise in connection with electronic discovery. (Okay, I was there as moderator/jokester and the panelists were the ones with knowledge,…


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Judge: “Tell Congress to Go to Hell”

This is one of those judges who's appointed for life, but my guess is he'd say what he wants to say regardless. On his blog Hercules and the Umpire, U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf (D. Neb.) explained a couple of weeks…


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State Troopers Say Maryland’s AG Is a Terrible Backseat Driver

According to accounts by a number of state troopers (reported by the Washington Post), Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler regularly insists that officers assigned to drive him use the lights and sirens in non-emergency situations, including when he needs to…