December 2013

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Good Reason to Kill #41: Employee of the Month

It's an old story, really: boy believes he should be Employee of the Month, girl is chosen instead, boy and girl argue, boy shoots girl's car. It still seems worth mentioning, though. According to CBS Miami, a Broward County man was…


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RSS Feed Update

For those of you who subscribe to the RSS feed, I just changed that over from Feedburner to Feedblitz. That should not affect you at all, if Feedblitz keeps its promise to make that a transparent and seamless transition. You…


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Hey! I Talked About Stuff on the Internet

When was the last time you saw somebody do that? This time I did it as part of a "Legalese It" segment on Huffington Post Live, hosted by Mike Sacks. Also talking were Jessica Mederson, who writes E-Discovery Matters and Elie Mystal of Above…


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Okay, I Thought People Were Using “Affluenza” as a Joke

That is, like "the Twinkie Defense"—a label people were using, not something specifically argued. But "affluenza" does seem to have come out of the mouth of a person who was being serious at the time. Specifically, an expert witness who…




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Assorted Stupidity #57 [Correction]

Do you have a right to read the laws that govern you, or is that a privilege you should have to pay for? PublicResource.org thinks it's a right, and has been publishing digital versions of various laws and codes not…



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Prosthetic Arm Found in Second-Hand Shop

The headline (originally "Stolen prosthetic arm discovered in a second hand shop") is not as good as the classics "Headless Body in Topless Bar" or "Dead Body Found in Cemetery," but it's still pretty good. In its handy carrying case…


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Good Reason to Kill #40: Denied Access to Family Cat

Not that it would matter, but the denial was not just out of spite—the cat was apparently in isolation for medical reasons: [The defendant] had just returned home from a Thanksgiving trip, and asked his parents to see the pet…