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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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Well, this may be a new low, even for Siberian tax collectors. The Itar-TASS news agency (via the BBC) reported in August that cотрудники Томского управления Федеральной службы судебных приставов, не найдя у должницы другого имущества, наложили арест на четырех... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lowering the Bar
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Santa has committed numerous crimes over the years, but usually he's either acted alone or conspired with others posing as Santa. It seems doubtful that everyone participating in SantaCon was in on this bank robbery, but you never know. According... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lowering the Bar
This program only lasted about five days, so I didn't have time to write about it before it was canceled for being dumb. But it was sufficiently dumb that I'm still going to write about it. On December 5, Wisconsin... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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Connection to the law: tenuous. But too good not to mention. The set-up: two brothers, one Republican, one Democrat, were on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" show yesterday, talking (and of course arguing) about bipartisanship. This show allows people to call in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lowering the Bar
At first I hesitated to post this, out of concern that it might prompt people to run out and get their pets pierced while they still can. But then I decided that anybody who would do that probably has either... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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Well, one of them looks like this: According to the BBC (thanks, Harry), this guy stole two CCTV cameras on Sunday, taking his own mugshot in the process. The image was first posted on the police department's Facebook page, but... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lowering the Bar
A statement in a judicial opinion that isn't necessary to the holding is called a dictum (pl. dicta), and isn't technically binding (though it may or may not be persuasive). Here's a good example of that from a 1976 federal... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lowering the Bar
At the moment nobody knows, but the New York Times reports that a judge in Fort Worth is stuck deciding this question. Oswald was exhumed in 1981 to make sure it was really him in there, and after tests confirmed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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"I have absolutely no idea why you'd try to direct traffic with frozen peas," said Duty Superintendent Del Jones, of Darwin, in Australia's Northern Territory. "Might've been trying to defrost them, I don't know," she said. Police said anyone interested... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
The Court was planning to hear his case, but now it can't find him. Of course there are lots of Bobby Chens out there, but the Court is interested in the Bobby Chen who filed this petition for certiorari (via... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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According to Boston.com, Ben Edelman graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, got a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a law degree from Harvard Law School, and is now an associate professor at Harvard Business School. And yet... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
So said John Huget, a brave Canadian who was forced to grapple with one in the early morning hours of May 31 after finding it in his living room. This zebra was able to grapple because it was actually a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
If you committed a crime in Texas and are planning to ask for leniency because you were raised in a wealthy and privileged household, you might want to hurry. This is assuming you actually need to ask, which in most... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
It sucks to lose things, it really sucks to lose an envelope full of cash, and it super-sucks to lose an envelope full of stolen cash because you dropped it in a police officer's driveway. A passerby found it and,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Surprisingly, not a single representative voted against H.R. 5739, the "No Social Security for Nazis Act," which passed the House 420-0 yesterday. Fourteen representatives did not vote on the measure, but probably only because their short bus got stuck in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Not the only victim this year More than the turkey got carved in one household on Thanksgiving, according to multiple reports (thanks, everyone). According to The Smoking Gun, for example, a 45-year-old gentleman in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, made the mistake of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
With remarkable timing, someone sent me this item just as I was publishing a post about what to do and not do when encountering officers at internal checkpoints. I did mention that you should "not do anything crazy," and just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Needless to say (I hope), don't just drive through them, don't do anything crazy, and for God's sake, don't turn into a mindless demon and charge through a hail of gunfire in a hopeless attempt to kill an armed police... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Not that the outcome isn't a real hoot, but this is really just to provide a couple of links for those who are interested. First, this New York Times page has all the grand jury evidence in one place, including... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Today in Least Surprising Updates: The Kansas Supreme Court unanimously held on November 14 that Dennis Hawver would be disbarred for violating <stops to count> seven ethical or court rules when representing a defendant who was ultimately sentenced to death.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
One major aspect of the reasons for dismissal, which involved a finding that the applicant performed the "chicken dance" as an intentional act to intimidate, harass or otherwise harm another employee, was simply fanciful and did not represent a valid... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Over at vocativ, Molly Fitzpatrick reports that the "Manson camp" (her phrase) is denying reports like these that Manson and his 26-year-old fiancée, who were recently issued a marriage license, have registered at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, or anywhere else... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
The Billings Gazette reported last week that more than 800 roadkill-eating licenses—sorry, I mean "vehicle-killed wildlife salvage permits"—have been issued during the first year of availability. Most of the wildlife salvaged were whitetail deer, but 33 lucky drivers bagged themselves... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Your options for furnishing the cell of Charles Manson and/or the nearby hovel of his future bride have expanded somewhat. This is according to RegistryFinder.com, which is the sort of thing I was hoping my colleague Amy would know about,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Not even kidding: As I'm sure you know by now, or if not I'm telling you, Charles Manson and Afton Elaine Burton were issued a marriage license on November 7. The bride is an attractive 26-year-old who hails from the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Lowering the Bar