The Inexplicable

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Florida Man Calls for Backup in TV Gunfight

A man in Pasco County, Florida, called 911 at about 1 a.m. on January 24 after he heard a commotion and then gunshots in his living room. Hiding behind his bed after grabbing his own gun, Alan Benz told dispatchers he…


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Blog Voted “Most Fun,” Claims Lawyer

 — PRESS RELEASE —  Lowering the Bar Again Selected by ABA Journal as a Top 100 Blawg The editors of the ABA Journal have again chosen Lowering the Bar, written by Kevin Underhill of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, as one…


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Manitowoc Should Be Ashamed of This Planking Prosecution

I will admit to finding "planking" – the meme of having your picture taken while lying flat as a plank across something, and then posting it – to be both stupid and funny. To me the world needs more of…


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The Great Totem Pole Caper

This happened last year, but there’s no limitations period on totem-pole stories as far as I’m concerned. In August 2010, the Rotary Club of West Seattle celebrated the return of a beloved totem pole to Rotary Viewpoint Park. Luckily, this story…



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Man Accused of Weasel-Related Assault is Acquitted

The Seattle Times, which proudly and rightfully boasts that it is the "Winner of Eight Pulitzer Prizes," will not win another one for its coverage of this story, I'm sorry to say. But this December 7 report did at least…



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Finally, the Movie Version of that Japanese Lawyer Video Game

According to Neatorama, this is actually happening:   "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney," the game that lets everyone in on the fun of practicing law, originated in Japan. Its success there led to a 2005 release in the U.S. on the Nintendo…


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California Authorities Still Puzzled by Mystery Enema

"You are not," said Sgt. Spencer Crum, "you are definitely not going to believe this." At this point I can believe almost anything, which is not to say I can explain it. On the afternoon of Sunday, May 1, a…


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Shoe Applied to Witness

This could have been a fairly mundane tale about why accused felons who choose to represent themselves usually end up being convicted felons. The defendant, Morgan Armstrong, was represented by counsel in the first of three trials he faced for…