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The Screaming Itches

Today's Quiz: "The Screaming Itches" would be: (a) unwise to bring up on a first date (b) a good name for a band (c) a bad excuse for failing to appear in court (d) all of the above Of course…



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“I Am Incompetent!” Lawyer Argues Unnecessarily

Last Friday, Dennis Hawver argued to the Kansas Supreme Court that he should not be disbarred for his representation of Phillip Cheatham in a 2005 trial. As you may suspect, that trial that did not go well for the defense. Certainly,…


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No Winners in Judge-Lawyer Throwdown

Oh dear. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player All the action happens off-screen, but reportedly it was the judge throwing punches. His conduct on (and off) the bench is terrible, but it also seems like it was a bad idea for…


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This Defense Attorney Got “Street Knowledge,” Yo

Also a good sense of humor, though you may disagree with his message.   Or you may not. Accused criminals are entitled to a defense and defending them is an honorable profession, even though many of the accused will in…


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Some Words About That Badass Lawyer Ad [Updated]

It is, in fact, totally badass. With that out of the way, here are a few minor criticisms. First of all, lawyer advertising of course has to be true and not misleading. Beyond that, lawyers have a First Amendment right…


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Breaking: Professional Fabulist Denied License to Practice Law

The California Supreme Court has held unanimously that Stephen Glass (they call him "Stephen Randall Glass" in the first sentence, so you know he's in trouble) cannot have a license to practice law in California. As you may recall, Glass worked…


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England’s Clowns Are Furious

So says Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing, and he appears to be correct. According to this article in The Guardian, they are mad about a recent wave of incidents involving clowns or people dressed as clowns running around and trying…


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O.J. Simpson Set Free

…from having to worry about how Judge Linda Bell would rule on his state habeas petition, because she just denied it. So the waiting is over. Oh, he'll probably die in prison. Sorry, I should have been more clear. Yes,…


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May a Magistrate Judge Ethically “Dance With the Stars”?

Yes, according to South Carolina's Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct: FACTS A full-time magistrate inquires as to the propriety of dancing in a fund-raising event that is similar to a popular television show ("Dancing with the Stars"), in…