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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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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 2 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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But not before it bit her, and that's why she's suing the beagle's owners for over $200,000. First of all, I don't think this is one of those cases that involves the debate whether pit bulls are inherently vicious or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Justin writes: I was a little flummoxed when I saw this caption. I thought, "That can't be right. Someone at Westlaw must have been screwing around." But ... there it is. It's beautiful in its simplicity. It's the all-purpose caption!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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I like to think that most people would yield to a duck if it was safe to do so. But what if the duck was six-foot-four? The answer is apparently no. This duck was, in fact, an undercover officer dressed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
The credibility of Italy's entire scientific community has been restored. —Stefano Gresta, President of the National Institute of Geophysics (Nov. 11, 2014) Well, we never doubted its scientific community. <checks blog to confirm that he never mocked Italy's scientific community>... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Maybe this shouldn't be the case, but the fact is that singing in court is rarely appropriate. I'd have said "never appropriate" had I not participated in a trial in which the plaintiff's attorney sang "What the World Needs Now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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You will be pleased to know that the plaintiff who accuses Rick Springfield of assaulting her with his butt has not given up despite an earlier mistrial. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, lawyers for Springfield and plaintiff Vicki Calcagno were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
This was one of Louisiana's two senators last week, dropping some knowledge on Chuck Todd of NBC News: I'll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. —Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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"The yoga community went into uproar," says the Electronic Frontier Foundation, after companies that offer online fitness classes got letters from a competitor, YogaGlo, saying that it had applied for a patent on the "method and technique" involved. The method... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Yes, the story is "kind of funny," the prosecutor admitted, but "it is also serious." He was referring to the September 11 incident in which an elementary-school teacher ended the life of a school toilet with her 9mm handgun. He... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Man, the California State Bar is really cracking down these days. Slip up just 810 times and they'll insist on disbarring you. Try to save them a bunch of work by stipulating to misconduct in 14 cases, and do you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
If I spent a little time searching I could probably find an example of a less effective robbery, but this'll do for today: The suspect said, "Give me your wallet or my buddy will beat you up," but the victim... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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As I've said before, we can't just assume everyone at the TSA is an idiot and/or a petty bureaucrat drunk on his or her semi-power. This story confirms that. It suggests that only 40 to 80 percent of them are.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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"People may not understand why," said Sheriff's Capt. Greg Bean, "but an armored vehicle is almost a necessity now." Here's why he says he needed one: Looks can be deceiving, though, and in any event the man, at least, certainly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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It's too late to vote this year in Hanover, Manitoba, because Election Day was October 22. On the other hand, if your main interest was the referendum on whether to repeal the town's long-standing ban on alcohol sales, don't feel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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There are many great lines Justice Fergus O'Donnell's opinion in R. v. Duncan (2013), which was an otherwise unremarkable case except that the defendant tried to run one of those "sovereign citizen" defenses up the flagpole. That didn't go so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Just the one in Illinois, at least for now. According to the Madison Record (thanks, Dave), Aaron Wemple has sued the Illinois State Bar Association and all of its members, alleging that ... well, that it and they have done... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Doesn't seem like it should have taken two years to establish this, but it turns out Alan Knight was lying when he claimed to be quadriplegic and/or comatose in order to avoid court appearances and delay his prosecution. He even... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Well, that headline isn't entirely accurate. You paid dozens of Nazis and you're still paying at least four of them. According to the Associated Press, "[d]ozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Lowering the Bar