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Kevin
San Francisco
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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As you probably know, "gerrymandering" is the practice of redrawing the borders of a voting district for a specific purpose, usually if not always to make sure it has more of your supporters than opponents in it. This is nothing... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lowering the Bar
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Guys, a topic that is kind of interesting but that you should still not bring up on a first date is how the NFL's instant-replay system is similar in some ways to the courts of appeal. Both systems use a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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If you see something, say something! Unless you're an idiot: The Rapides Parish [Louisiana] Sheriff's Office ... and KALB were contacted by several residents who were concerned about the signs and that they might have been [a] terror message written... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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It's not too unusual, or so I hear, for a client to be unable to recall every meeting and phone call with a lawyer. I would guess that the recall rate goes down as the billing rate goes up, generally... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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As you know, President Obama is determined to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, which he promised to close in 2007 and has desperately been trying but failing to close since his second day in office. See Executive Order... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
A thoroughly pissed-off Gen. George Washington to British Lt. General Thomas Gage (Aug. 19, 1775): I have taken Time, Sir, to make a strict Inquiry, and find it has not the least Foundation in Truth. Not only your Officers, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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For once I'm not going to be criticizing the TSA, but that's only because the TSA wasn't involved here in any way. Although it wouldn't surprise me if they have been meeting with their Irish counterparts supposedly to exchange nonsensical... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
Well, this happened: [Alaska Fish & Game official] Lou Cenicola reported that around 7:30 p.m. Monday, a man in a "realistic-looking" bear costume ran through a group of people standing on the side of the road bear-watching. The man ran... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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Really for hittin' a gal in her cornea and whatnot after them rolls was throwed. But there's lawyerin' afoot now, that's definite. Lambert's Cafe was founded in Sikeston, Missouri (in the "bootheel") in 1942, and now has three locations due... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
You might have thought that our nation's court system would not have to trouble itself with the act commonly known as the "wet willy," but if so, you were sadly ... well, actually you were mostly right. But not entirely.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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Sources (e.g., Above the Law, Techdirt) report that Judge Charles Breyer (N.D. Cal., brother of Justice Breyer) recently issued an order refusing to seal certain documents on the grounds that they were already heavily redacted, and so who cares. Or,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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As you can probably guess, they didn't get all of them. When it's ok for a masked man to steal your TV About a week ago (ars technica, Orange County Register), some of the officers who raided a medical-marijuana shop... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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So, this happened: This was once relatively common, but not in the last half-millennium and not on Staten Island, so it's newsworthy at this point. The defendant, Richard Luthmann, made this demand in a reply brief he filed in Richmond... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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Listen, I get it. A policy of throwing most offenders in high-security prisons is counterproductive and doesn't benefit anybody but the people who run prisons. Especially where drug offenses are concerned. That's my belief. And although we obviously need prisons,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
Here's a nice item from the Crime Blotter in the Columbia, SC, Free Times (thanks, Dedman): Craigslist Bandit: Authorities are looking for a man who has been stealing items from people when he meets up with them via Craigslist. First... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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Well, this seems to have happened in January but didn't receive the publicity it deserves until the WSJ's Law Blog covered it recently. Obviously I need better sources in Prairieville, Louisiana. That's the home of the Dobra family, whose youngest... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
Seriously, I'm already way behind on other stuff—could the TSA stop doing stupid $&*# for maybe 48 hours? Is that possible? Today's report (thanks, Erika) is that thousands of passengers were delayed for hours at Hobby Airport in Houston, many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
Number of lawsuits filed during 2014 in the U.S. District Court in Tucson: 3,772. Number of those lawsuits filed by Dale Maisano: 2,995 (79.4 percent). Number of lawsuits Maisano has filed in the District of Tennessee: over 1,800. Most lawsuits... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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"Approve of the meat industry and you approve of Auschwitz. There is no difference." Here's something else the new TSA administrator needs to prioritize: the investigation into the recent alleged groping of Morrissey's junk at San Francisco International Airport. On... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
Update: I did watch the rest of the hearing yesterday (see "New TSA Administrator to Explain How Agency Will Fail Differently From Now On" (July 29)), although to be honest I just sort of listened to it in the background... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
Good news, you guys—the TSA finally has a new administrator, a man who is said to be a smart and capable leader who should be able to develop new and creative ways in which the agency will fail. Vice-Admiral Peter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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Update: The Simolaris Incident was still infuriating people at this week's board meeting, according to a more recent report by the Lowell Sun. Simolaris and town manager John Curran argued about who had committed the greater sin, and the forum... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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George Simolaris is a member of the Board of Selectmen (the town council) in Billerica, Massachusetts. According to him, some of the crosswalks around town have become unsafe because the paint has faded, and it's been taking forever to get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
According to the BBC (thanks, James), a judge in Northern Ireland has agreed to give a 16-year-old "one last chance" after the boy failed a drug test that showed he had (gasp!) consumed cannabis. After the boy's solicitor argued that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
As always when I mention attorney advertising I'm only endorsing (or mocking) the ad itself, and don't have a position about whatever it's advertising. So having said that, I think Danny Trejo is awesome and that this is a pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Lowering the Bar