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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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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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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It's illegal in Florida to harass or disturb a manatee, as it should be because the manatee is an endangered species, and as it must be because they can't defend themselves. Neither of those factors applies to alligators. So if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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It depends. This question is prompted by a paragraph in Randall Munroe's what if? post the other day entitled "What if New Horizons hit my car?" (in turn based on a question by Robin Sheat). The answer to that question... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
Here's how this goes sometimes. Sometimes you write something you really like. And since you're kind of on a roll you don't stop to save it after every frickin' paragraph because you'd like to think that maybe the wifi network... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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The Telegraph's report on this claimed it was the first known example of a government official using the Klingon language. I assume they meant "outside the Klingon Empire or Finland," but I quit reading once my tracker-blocking software hit 59.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
Those of you wondering what Eric Holder would do now that he's no longer the Attorney General, wonder no more. He's apparently decided to do stand-up. Holder has always been sort of a card, as you probably recall. I personally... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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The Hulkster also shall not be referred to as "Hulkster," or even "Hulk Hogan," Judge Pamela Campbell ruled last week. Instead, the plaintiff shall be referred to by his real name, Terry Gene Bollea, during the trial of his case... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
It might be easier at this point to compile a list of those Donald Trump hasn't sued, but in this Daily Beast article ("Donald Trump Sued Everyone but His Hairdresser"), Olivia Nuzzi has put together an impressive partial list of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
Another possible source for Justice Scalia's vocabulary choices (see "The Argle-Bargle Over This Jiggery-Pokery Is Pure Applesauce" (June 25) might be the House of Commons. Reader Chris C. noticed this example on YouTube: "Jiggery-pokery" is deployed about 37 seconds in,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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Many of you will be outside this weekend, so a little drone advice seems timely. Or maybe it's shotgun advice. Take your pick. Ars Technica reported recently that a drone operator in California had prevailed in a legal dispute with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
"Some" is probably the wrong word in that last sentence, because I'd be surprised if this has ever happened before. But it did happen recently in the federal District of Kansas, according to this order by Judge Eric Melgren (thanks,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
In last week's opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court again broke new ground and has taken an action that will be debated for years to come. It finally used the word "huh?" in an opinion. This of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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As you likely know by now, the Supreme Court has voted 6-3 to reject a challenge to the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare, over a strong dissent by Justice Scalia. The opinion in King v. Burwell involves important issues of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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On Monday, the Supreme Court held in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment that a patent holder can't charge royalties for using an invention after the patent term expires. More accurately, it established that rule in a 1964 case, and held Monday... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
My friend Tim, who loves baseball and whose LinkedIn picture shows him pointing to an alligator, reports that a second jury has found the Kansas City Royals and their mascot Sluggerrr not liable for Sluggerrr hitting a fan in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
We don't know whether the victim in this case was arguing for or against the value of higher education, but I will go ahead and speculate that it was the former. Not that I think more education makes people less... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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How many times does it have to be said? Lasers don't kill people, sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads kill people. That doesn't make the laser evil. Only partly evil (Image: New Line Cinema) Wait, did someone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Lowering the Bar