Legal History


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The Torch Has Been Passed

A thoroughly pissed-off Gen. George Washington to British Lt. General Thomas Gage (Aug. 19, 1775): I have taken Time, Sir, to make a strict Inquiry, and find it has not the least Foundation in Truth. Not only your Officers, and…


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“Game of Thrones” Fan Demands Trial by Combat

So, this happened: This was once relatively common, but not in the last half-millennium and not on Staten Island, so it’s newsworthy at this point. The defendant, Richard Luthmann, made this demand in a reply brief he filed in Richmond…


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Court Holds Wedding Ring Is Not a “Weapon”

Although such items can certainly be terrifying, a New Jersey court decided that throwing one at a corrections officer did not constitute “attempted assault with a weapon.”


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A Few Tax Arguments Not to Make

Hey, your taxes are due this week—or ARE they? Yes, they are, that was a figure of speech. You have to pay them.


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Judge Criticizes “Behemoth Pleadings”

Here are some words & phrases that you really don't want a judge to apply to anything you file: sprawling behemoth surplusage larded with brims with masquerading as voluminous breathtaking madness chokes the docket intended to overwhelm labyrinthian prolixity of…


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“The Cause of Action is Denied as Unintelligible”

"An amusing order," said Matt, who sent me this. Matt, you had me at "Living Soul Chief Asan Manuel Mustafah Fearce W. Yahzoo." This comes to us from the Northern District of West Virginia, where yesterday a judge dismissed a…


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Please Read This Before Bombing New Mexico

First: Do not blow up any part of New Mexico without express permission. Second: By "this" I don't mean this post, although if you have started your research here that is fine, if somewhat disturbing. By "this," of course, I…


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President Adopts Potential Werewolf

In a lovely ceremony last week, the president of Argentina, Christina Fernández de Kirchner, became the godmother of Yair Tawil (second from left). Contrary to some reports, this had nothing to do with him turning into a werewolf. Not directly, anyway….