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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).
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Oh dear. This new example (thanks, Steve) is funnier than the original #17, mainly because nobody died. Had I foreseen that beer pong would be the cause of another potentially life-threatening dispute, I'd probably have waited, but such are the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lowering the Bar
As long as I'm on the topic of Nobel-Prize-Related Comedy With at Best a Tenuous Connection to Legal Humor (see "Did You Pack This Nobel Prize Yourself?" (Oct. 16)), I should mention this year's Ig Nobel Prize winners, which were... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lowering the Bar
Brian Schmidt (along with two others) won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating, which implies the existence of a huge amount of "dark" energy and matter that we can't... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lowering the Bar
The Journal Sentinel's headline for this one, "Judge Beer's verdict for underage drinker goes flat on appeal," is at least as good as mine and more descriptive. (Thanks, Scott.) Judge James Beer did indeed rule in favor of someone caught... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lowering the Bar
Here's a criminal-defense strategy you might not have considered: just get up and walk out. They certainly won't be expecting that. And probably for that reason, it's worked at least three times. At least temporarily. The first example I know... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lowering the Bar
Today's Quiz: You should find this one more difficult than the previous quiz. Police did not carry out an aggressive, military-style raid to accomplish which of the following purposes? (a) To find the source of a parody Twitter feed (b)... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lowering the Bar
I am informed that The Honorable Mr Justice Sir Alistair Hubert Norris, Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster and Justice of Her Majesty's High Court (Chancery Division), has by virtue of his great knowledge of the law and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Everyone should watch this, or at least everyone who cares about the issue of police officers (and some attorneys) stealing money and property and claiming they are doing it legally through the concept of "civil forfeiture." That really should include... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
"I think I can safely say this is a very unusual claim," said Shari Moore, the city clerk of St. Paul, Minnesota. Moore was talking about Megan Campbell's claim against the city for damage to her car caused when a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Here's how this one starts: Robert Pierce, whose wife Catharine was involved in a topless gardening dispute in 2010, is set to stand trial on assault charges after police say he assaulted a Regional Transportation District security guard who told... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
I really have no idea, but this seems perfectly acceptable to me: I suppose you might also be wondering, "In what situation might I feel compelled to cite an animated action figure as an authority in one of my briefs?"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Folks, I am sticking by my conclusion that the medical profession really does not need a billing code to indicate a second office visit by a patient whose complaint is that he was sucked into a jet engine. See "Injury... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
According to this report (thanks, Elisa), a doctors' group in Alabama is protesting the not-yet-implemented ICD-10 medical-coding system by ridiculing it, an approach that I certainly endorse. See, e.g., "Injury Code W59.22XA: Struck by Turtle," Lowering the Bar (Sept. 13,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
In what may be the year's least shocking development so far, the TSA has affirmed its own order imposing a fine on John Brennan, the guy who stripped at a Portland checkpoint in 2012, causing the TSAgents to get all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
First the guy in the stall next to him turns out to be an undercover cop, then they won't let him withdraw his guilty plea, then he has to retire from the Senate, now they're all "you can't use campaign... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
After I reported on the case of Donald Miller, the Ohio man who failed to convince a judge he should not be considered legally dead ("'No, You're Still Deceased,' Judge Tells Dead Man" (Oct. 10, 2013)), several people wrote in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Okay, it's not "breaking," but it does seem worth commenting on two recent cases in which officers did not open fire on a suspect. Of course most police-citizen interactions do not end in death, but lately it has at least... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
According to his attorney, Mark Besemann "knew there was some sort of dispute over the exact property line" when he bought an acre of land in 2013. Here's where his neighbor claims the exact property line is: Photo: Bob King/Duluth... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
I should probably set up a Google Alert for the phrase "I've never seen anything like this." It usually signals pretty good material. In this case, what the officer had never seen was an incident in which, as The Guardian... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Today's Quiz: "The Screaming Itches" would be: (a) unwise to bring up on a first date (b) a good name for a band (c) a bad excuse for failing to appear in court (d) all of the above Of course... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Above the Law reports that someone, or multiple someones, sent it a copy of a confidentiality agreement that one member of a law-school study group apparently proposed to the others. Why does a study group need a confidentiality agreement? Well,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Yes, it is goofy to show up for court dressed like Thomas Jefferson (see "I Am Incompetent, Lawyer Argues Unnecessarily" (Sept. 18)), but at least that guy didn't pretend he was Jefferson or that he and TJ were actually pals.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Last Friday, Dennis Hawver argued to the Kansas Supreme Court that he should not be disbarred for his representation of Phillip Cheatham in a 2005 trial. As you may suspect, that trial that did not go well for the defense.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
You'd like to think people wouldn't need these reminders anymore, but let's try it one more time: (1) always wear your seatbelt, no matter where in the vehicle you're sitting; and (2) never light the driver's armpit hair on fire... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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