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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
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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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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Sep 17, 2014
This case did not involve an angry hat-seller, but rather was an incident of domestic violence, which, I hasten to point out, is never funny except on the very rare occasions it is. According to WKRN in Nashville, a woman... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Personally, I have no doubt this was a deliberate attack: Darlene B___ v. Jerusalem Temple Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Praetorian Insurance Company; Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System; George Carden Circus International... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
The opinion itself is nothing special, but I thought it did become amusing when Westlaw compressed the holding into a headnote: Trustee guard who was forced to ride on top of doghouse containing prison dogs due to space limitations in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
In May, South Carolina's Attorney General reported that the number of insurance-fraud cases in the state had reached an all-time high in 2013. The report (via Overlawyered) is mostly just numbers, but it does include two or three examples of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
[King George III has, among other things,] kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. —Declaration of Independence... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
There are exceptions to any rule, of course, but the exceptions here are really quite limited. Perhaps you are also a U.S. marshal and are attending an informal gathering of U.S. marshals during which shorts-yanking horseplay might be expected. Or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Watch out for 'em. The similar sign at the top is just slightly less ridiculous, because gravity. Seen at Overlawyered, via the Tortylicious Facebook page (run by Prof. Kate Offer, U. of Western Australia). Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
The NY Daily News reports that the Brooklyn man who repeatedly called 911 to complain about hipster-generated noise in his neighborhood (see "Hipster Infestation Not 'Emergency,' Say Police" (Jan. 6, 2013)) has been convicted of making four false crime reports... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
COMES NOW your humble correspondent and hereby gives notice of the fact that on August 25, 2014, in the case entitled In re Proper Courtroom Attire, then pending in the Circuit Court of Blackford County, Indiana, Judge Dean A. Young,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
It is apparently frowned upon to put a child down for a nap and then use duct tape to make sure he stays put. And the problem is what, exactly? According to Reuters, a Texas couple has sued a day-care... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Via Improbable Research, here's the latest of what turns out to be a fairly large number of infant-soothing-device patents, or as the abstract describes it: A device to assuage distressed infants via an adjustable vertical motion combined with an adjustable... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
That's how Google (mis)translated the title of this YouTube post, but I actually liked it a lot. It's very likely staged, because (1) it's too good to be true and (2) if the guys with the dash cam weren't in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
In Maryland it is apparently not only illegal to write dark science fiction, people who write it may simply disappear. Sadly, that's not the first line of my review of a new dark-science-fiction novel about people who disappear after writing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
"The first part is informative," says Anson, who saw this sign at a bus station. The rest of it, not so much: I'd like to think we could infer that lawful behavior is permitted, but I might be reading too... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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 Aug 29, 2014 at Lowering the Bar