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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…



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Law School to Remove Fraudster’s Name From Atrium

He did donate a bunch of money to Indiana's law school in exchange for this: Photo: The Indiana Lawyer.com But now that he's pleaded guilty to ponzischeming $4.5 million from his clients, having his name on the atrium would not…


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Orly Taitz Tried to Sue the Electoral College

In the unlikely event anyone else is unclear on this, here is some information: The "Electoral College" is not an actual college. Nor is it a university or school or, in fact, a learning institution of any kind. It is…


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Judge Orders Prenda Law Group Beamed Out Into Space

For full coverage of the Prenda Law debacle, let me refer you to Popehat, where Ken has been following it closely for a while now and has written many excellent posts on the saga (with help from, among others, Cathy Gellis). As a…



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Client: Attorney Gave Me Bad Advice, Tried to Kill Me

This lead-in by Courthouse News Service caught my eye: WOODSTOCK, Ill. (CN) – The attorney a man hired to represent him in a child custody dispute had an affair with the mother of the client's child, then tried to hire hit men…


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PRESIDENT OBAMA ARRESTED IN CONNECTICUT

Sorry, did I say "Connecticut"? I meant, "in the baseless dreams of delusional lawyer/dentist Orly Taitz, queen of the 'birthers.'" I should have been more careful. According to Orly, whose legal skills some have called into question (see, e.g., "'A Rhesus…


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“Penis Graffiti”: More Than Just a Great Name for a Band

I was about to give Courthouse News Service full credit for the phrase "penis graffiti," but it looks like that phrase was taken from the testimony of a real-estate agent describing what he found after a Texas lawyer was evicted…