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Kevin
Full-time attorney, part-time . . . something.
Interests: bike riding, writing, litigating, conjugating, arguing about useless trivia, trans-atlantic rowing (solo), trans-atlantic rowing (as part of human pyramid), nude civil-war reenacting, team cite-checking (european summer league).
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I'm a big fan of using images in briefs and opinions when that is appropriate, and it's hard to think of a more appropriate case than one involving a lady in a banana suit. The specific case I'm thinking of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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Thanks to Jim Dedman and the others at the award-winning products-liability blog Abnormal Use for reviewing The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance, with a special thanks to Batten Farrar for his expert rendition of the cover. This is the second time crayons... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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This isn't strictly law-related, except that the point of these emails seem to be to drive traffic to some terrible law-related site. But I'm going to make an exception here. If you write a blog you will, at some point,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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I previously mentioned the ABA Journal's "Peeps in Law" diorama contest, but now all the entries are in and the voting is underway. Clearly the best entry this year was "The Emergency Peepsquatch Ordinance," by Lee Rawles: Unfortunately for these... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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Also 15 days in jail, seven months of probation, 100 hours of community service, an apology letter, anger-management classes and mental-health counseling, but the day of taunting is the amusing part. Photo by Lynn Ischay for the Plain Dealer The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lowering the Bar
The McClatchy news service reported Friday that it had obtained a leaked copy of a Senate Intelligence Committee report that contradicts pretty much everything the CIA has said about its Detention and Interrogation Program. Here's the list of the report's... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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According to Newsweek Pakistan: A court on Saturday threw out charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby, in a case that highlighted endemic flaws in Pakistan’s legal system and provoked widespread ridicule. The former suspect's bail application has also... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lowering the Bar
The Times-Picayune reports (thanks, Brad) that a committee voted 8-5 to approve HB 503 on Thursday, so it will now be considered by the full Louisiana House. The vote came after a debate in which legislators grappled with difficult questions,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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Just a quick follow-up to "Baby Indicted" (April 4): Photo: Agence-France Presse, Getty Images He's apparently being fingerprinted by Steve Carell, and frankly this would have made a lot more sense if it had been on an episode of The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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Have you seen this man? Suspected in four recent bank robberies in the Denver area, he is described as a black male in his 30s, 5'9" to 6'0" in height, with a slender build. Authorities say he is known to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
As you may recall, after John Brennan showed TSA agents in Portland he didn't have a bomb by taking off his clothes, they got all upset about it and charges were filed. See "TSA: Wants to See You Naked, Complains... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Khek Chanthalavong told investigators the blaze started after he had been using a torch on the deck of a unit he shared with Barbara Pellow to burn the fur off a squirrel he'd captured. People, how many times do I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Muhammad Mosa Khan, who claims to be a nine-month-old infant, was charged yesterday with attempted murder and assaulting a police officer, according to multiple sources (BBC, The News (Pakistan)) (thanks, Justin). The accused was released after posting a bond of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Randall Munroe's "what if?" project is going to be a zillion-selling book in September and as you probably know, his xkcd webcomic is all kinds of awesome. So it was very cool to see Lowering the Bar show up in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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He didn't go with that exact phrase, as far as we know, but according to the New York Post (thanks, Matt), a court reporter in Manhattan has been accused of going off the rails in dozens of cases, typing gibberish... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Thanks to the 1297 people who signed up at Goodreads.com for the chance to win one of three signed copies of The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance. I guess I forgot to mention that the winners would be decided by physical combat,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeatedly rob the same shoe store. —Carlos Santana Or something like that. Christopher Miller had 15 years in prison to think about his crime, but not only did that fail... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
California state senator Leland Yee was indicted last week and charged with, among other things, conspiracy to import and traffic in firearms without a license. That could get him five years in prison (he faces another 120 for corruption charges).... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
I do love good examples of stupid/unnecessary/baffling local ordinances, so let us examine the set being proposed by the city of Santa Clara, California, to address all eventualities that may arise at Levi's Stadium (a.k.a. the "Field of Jeans"), currently... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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The National Security Archive (not to be confused with the Agency) announced this week that James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, has won its annual "Rosemary Award." The award is named after Rose Mary Woods, President Nixon's personal secretary,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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It's time again for the ABA Journal's Peeps diorama contest—entry details here, although this doesn't really need too much in the way of explanation except for the deadline (April 6) and where to send your diorama pictures (peeps@abajournal.com). Here are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Well, it's disturbing enough that Harvard's law library actually houses a copy of this book (and that someone has it checked out when they should be studying), but now here it is on Joseph Story's lap. "Listen, I wrote Martin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Faced with drug-possession charges, said the prosecutor in this case, the defendant claimed that police had planted the drugs in his car. Well, that's certainly possible. He continued, "Of the drugs stuck to his testicles, [defendant] denied any knowledge." Well,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Not only is this a crime, it'll still end up being more expensive than an appeal. Although a lot quicker. Braden Robinson had accused the victim of kidnapping, torturing, and killing one of Robinson's relatives, who had supposedly owned part... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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The term "scent grenade" didn't occur to me until this morning, or else I would have used it yesterday ("TSA Confuses Perfume Bottle With a Grenade"), but better late than never. (Turns out I'm not the first to think of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Lowering the Bar