Circus and Carnival Litigation

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Illinois Forest Jugglers Rejoice

Good news for those who have been jonesing to juggle in the forest preserves of Cook County, Illinois — the Forest Preserve Commissioners voted last week to amend and/or repeal what they said were outdated rules governing "misconduct" within the…


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Suspect’s Juggalo Status Unclear, Say Juggalo Experts

Just because somebody's wearing clown makeup doesn't make him a clown, and as Rod Blagojevich proves, not all clowns wear makeup. This is also true of Juggalos. So police may have jumped to conclusions earlier this month when they speculated…


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Clown-Suited Blackmailer on a Tiny Bike Gets Prison

This story had me at "blackmailer in a clown suit," but the riding of a tiny bike moved it to the top of the list. Frank Salvador Solorza was convicted recently of conspiracy, attempted extortion, and impersonating a federal officer,…


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Clown Suit

On or about August 9, 2008, [Clown] negligently jumped onto [Plaintiff's] chest causing him to fall to the ground and sustain substantial and permanent injuries to his back. Despite repeated requests by [Plaintiff] for [Clown] to get off his chest,…




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No Tweeting in Court, Judge Tells Blagojevich

Opening statements are underway in Rod Blagojevich's trial in Chicago, but there will be no further tweets from @GovernorRod until at least the end of the day: the judge has ordered him not to tweet in court. "I do not…


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No Waiting for Dubious Arguments at the Blagojevich Trial

The corruption trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich started this morning, but he fired the first salvo before even walking in the front door.  It missed. His lawyers filed a motion prior to opening statements arguing that Blagojevich had…


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Circuses Legal Again in Turkmenistan

Good news for circus-lovers in Turkmenistan — the ban has finally been lifted. Circuses were banned years ago by the country's former ruler, Saparmurat Niyazov.  MSNBC called Niyazov an "eccentric autocrat" but that is understating it just a bit.  Niyazov…


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Clown Shoes Were Defective, Woman Claims

According to the New York Post, 56-year-old Sherri Perper has sued a costume company and other businesses for injuries she sustained at a Halloween party in 2008.  Perper allegedly sustained leg fractures after a fall she says was caused by…