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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).
Recent Activity
Personally, I have no doubt this was a deliberate attack: Darlene B___ v. Jerusalem Temple Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Praetorian Insurance Company; Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System; George Carden Circus International... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Lowering the Bar
The opinion itself is nothing special, but I thought it did become amusing when Westlaw compressed the holding into a headnote: Trustee guard who was forced to ride on top of doghouse containing prison dogs due to space limitations in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lowering the Bar
In May, South Carolina's Attorney General reported that the number of insurance-fraud cases in the state had reached an all-time high in 2013. The report (via Overlawyered) is mostly just numbers, but it does include two or three examples of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lowering the Bar
[King George III has, among other things,] kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. —Declaration of Independence... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lowering the Bar
There are exceptions to any rule, of course, but the exceptions here are really quite limited. Perhaps you are also a U.S. marshal and are attending an informal gathering of U.S. marshals during which shorts-yanking horseplay might be expected. Or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Watch out for 'em. The similar sign at the top is just slightly less ridiculous, because gravity. Seen at Overlawyered, via the Tortylicious Facebook page (run by Prof. Kate Offer, U. of Western Australia). Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
The NY Daily News reports that the Brooklyn man who repeatedly called 911 to complain about hipster-generated noise in his neighborhood (see "Hipster Infestation Not 'Emergency,' Say Police" (Jan. 6, 2013)) has been convicted of making four false crime reports... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
COMES NOW your humble correspondent and hereby gives notice of the fact that on August 25, 2014, in the matter of In re Proper Courtroom Attire, then pending in the Circuit Court of Blackford County, Indiana, Judge Dean A. Young,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
It is apparently frowned upon to put a child down for a nap and then use duct tape to make sure he stays put. And the problem is what, exactly? According to Reuters, a Texas couple has sued a day-care... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Via Improbable Research, here's the latest of what turns out to be a fairly large number of infant-soothing-device patents, or as the abstract describes it: A device to assuage distressed infants via an adjustable vertical motion combined with an adjustable... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
That's how Google (mis)translated the title of this YouTube post, but I actually liked it a lot. It's very likely staged, because (1) it's too good to be true and (2) if the guys with the dash cam weren't in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
In Maryland it is apparently not only illegal to write dark science fiction, people who write it may simply disappear. Sadly, that's not the first line of my review of a new dark-science-fiction novel about people who disappear after writing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
"The first part is informative," says Anson, who saw this sign at a bus station. The rest of it, not so much: I'd like to think we could infer that lawful behavior is permitted, but I might be reading too... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
I can't say that every video on the TSA HQ Public Affairs YouTube channel is stupid, because I'm not going to watch them all. I do feel safe saying that they are all probably stupid, and am on fairly solid... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Quick reminder: unwanted human skulls should probably be dropped off at the medical examiner's office, not Goodwill. I thought we had settled this last month when somebody donated three skulls to a Goodwill in Bellevue, Washington, but another one just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Before people start checking their beards into the witness-protection program, I should point out that the hub of this conspiracy, Samuel Mullet, Sr., is not about to be released. He and four other members of the Mullet Gang did not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
First, credit where credit is due. I got this on Twitter from @xarph, who says he has a Google news alert set up for "sovereign citizen" and reports that the results are "always amazing." Credit also goes to Raw Story... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Bad places to hide: (1) ponds, (2) bushes in which wasps have previously hidden. List will likely grow. Did police refer to the latter case as a "sting operation"? Of course they did. That happened in the UK, as you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Dude! Seriously. Paul Scott Stoner, 42, had a search warrant executed at his home on Berry Run Road last Thursday by the Blue Ridge Narcotics & Gang Task Force and the Orange County [Va.] Sheriff's Office, according to a news... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Technically, just all the registered voters, but since 61 of the 65 residents are registered, it's almost the same thing. The April election in Montezuma, Colorado, was controversial to begin with because it was the first contested election in more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
In the draft of its new "Compendium," the U.S. Copyright Office has stated that it will not register works created by animals. The "human authorship" requirement isn't new, but the specific example of "[a] photograph taken by a monkey" is:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Via the mugshot masters at The Smoking Gun: Yes, that's an earlier mugshot of the same person on the T-shirt he wore for this mugshot. A co-worker made this T-shirt for the young man after he was arrested in June... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
As the nation wrestles with difficult issues of race, violence, civil rights, and foreign entanglements, one community has yet another seemingly intractable problem to deal with: saggy pants. Actually, as long-time readers will know, many American communities have struggled with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Miracle Max: He probably owes you money, huh? I'll ask him. Inigo Montoya: He's dead. He can't talk. Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
While the main purpose of this thing is entertainment, it is actually quite possible to learn useful information from reading it. Especially if you are an aspiring bigamist. The latest non-reader to pay the price is a 49-year-old South Carolina... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Lowering the Bar