Legal History

Forty Years Later, John Dean Still Can’t Escape Watergate

Although this time, it was because he got stuck in the stairwell. This month is the 40th anniversary of the break-in at the Watergate Office Complex that ultimately led to the resignation of Richard Nixon. On June 11, the Washington…


It’s My Cousin Vinny Week at Abnormal Use

It's the 20th anniversary of the release of My Cousin Vinny, and the Abnormal Use blog is celebrating with an entire week of stuff devoted to the courtroom classic. Today, Nick Farr writes about how the world's shortest opening argument by Vincent Gambini…


Jokes in the Profession

From the first chapter of Bleak House, by Charles Dickens, who would be 200 years old today if he hadn't died in 1870: Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so…



Letters of Note: To My Old Master

Here's a remarkable letter that was posted yesterday at the very interesting blog Letters of Note. The letter was written in August of 1865 to Col. P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, by Jourdon Anderson, one of his former slaves. At…




Update on the “Buxom Woman” Dispute

An AP article yesterday shed more light on the motion to preclude a woman the AP described as "buxom" from sitting at counsel table during trial. (I was a little more direct the other day – has the word "breast"…


Women’s Suffrage: a “Costly and Dangerous Experiment”?

After I noted that a U.S. Supreme Court justice had said in an interview that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment doesn't apply to women (hint: it wasn't Ginsburg, Kagan or Sotomayor who said this), someone wrote me to ask why,…