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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
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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
So this just happened on Twitter: And yes, that's me (on her television, apparently). The general theme of the thread that followed was something like "Fox News thinks this bird-poop thing is more important than #Ferguson!" It very well may,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Wait—that's got to be an exaggeration. It's not like the reporter is actually quoting the charge sheet— "On and/or about the 20th day of Sept. 20, 2009 at or near 222 S. Florissant within the corporate limits of Ferguson, Missouri,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
This recent decision by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (thanks, Lachlan) is called The Queen v. Pro Bono Law Ontario, and that name needs some explaining. In the U.S., criminal cases are usually named something like State v. Whoever or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
The world seems somehow different now that Robin Williams is gone, and although any departure changes the world to some extent, this one has affected me (and, clearly, many others) a lot more than most celebrity departures do. He seems... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Don't give up on it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Maybe you cynics out there assumed this was another example of police abusing their authority to hassle someone who embarrassed them, but no. It is another example of people with outstanding warrants not staying out of the limelight. Not the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
I came across Pete Reid's great super-lawyer ad via the Legal Cheek site out of the UK. They also linked to the ad below, which I also enjoyed, though for somewhat different reasons: I awarded bonus points because I think... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
As some of you may recall (although it's been three years, which doesn't seem possible), in 2011 we discussed an intellectual-property dispute involving pictures taken by a monkey. See "Legal Questions Raised by Success of Monkey Photographer (July 7, 2011);... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Via Above the Law, here's Austin attorney Pete Reid's new ad, which is pretty great. According to the ad, at least, he's good at lots of things besides jury trials: I'd hire him, even if he didn't really save that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
No one was harmed in this incident, no shots were fired, and the officers did not use force, at least not more than necessary to take a 90-year-old woman into custody. Nor is anyone going to press charges, according to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Maybe the CIA should consider blaming rogue monkeys for all that missing evidence. That'd be harder to pull off in Virginia than New Delhi, but it's at least as good as the current explanations. A member of India's parliament suggested... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
It's either Clarke Woodger, who reportedly fired an employee for blogging about them, or people for whom English is a second language. It is plausible to think many in the latter group might not know what "homophones" are, but to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), Mar. 11, 2014: [I have] grave concerns that the CIA's search [of Senate computers] ... may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Lowering the Bar