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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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No new posts today (except this one, of course) or tomorrow, because to your likely shock and amazement I am actually arguing a case tomorrow before the California Supreme Court. And no, the case is not in any way comical.... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Lowering the Bar
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Mr. Yates caught some fish that he shouldn't have hoarded, Because of the risk that his ship would be boarded. An officer noticed that some were too small, And ordered the man to hang onto them all 'Til returning to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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Scottish lawyer Malcolm Combe recently posted this tale about a promoted tweet gone wrong. He and several other lawyers went after a company called Highland Titles, which was making this offer: For just 30 quid, it would appear, you can... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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Lots of great suggestions for the caption contest, but I'm going to go with this one: "The Department is extremely grateful to this Bozo for coming forward and identifying the 29 other people in his vehicle at the time of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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Here's an update to yesterday's item on the Idaho legislator who asked whether a swallowed camera could be used for a gynecological exam. This clip from a local news report (thanks, J) includes some video from the hearing in question,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lowering the Bar
This has stunned me into a near-silence so I'm going to rely mostly on the Associated Press (thanks, Adam): BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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You might not be able to name the Secretary of the Treasury, but you probably know it isn't "Moe Money." Nor does the United States have a cabinet-level officer, or one at any level, actually, whose title is "Proprietor of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lowering the Bar
"He left a very disturbing message with one of my staff people," said California state rep. Lorena Gonzalez. The caller: actor Rob Schneider, who said he would spend money to defeat Gonzalez because she supports a bill to eliminate the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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Haven't done this before, but let's give it a try: best reader-submitted caption for this recent news photo gets a free book. Oh, the free book will be a copy of The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance, in case that affects (in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
You might not consider Utah the most progressive state, but it has become the first to grant its citizens a controversial right that many have long been denied, proving that the law does evolve. Utah has now become the first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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Actually, you really shouldn't have a list like this in the first place, but if you do, these should not be on it. The first one comes to us from New Jersey (thanks, Grant & Gerald), where two guys tried... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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Nutrageous! Justice was swift for Cho Hyun-ah, the now-former VP of Korean Air Lines who went first-class crazy after being offered macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a dish, a service faux pas in clear violation of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
The claim isn't that her attraction to him is only physical—he doesn't get conjugal visits anyway. It's that she only wants to marry him because she literally wants his body, so she can charge people to look at it after... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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I'm glad to see that The Smoking Gun's records are consistent with mine—we agree that this was the third known arrest for driving a Zamboni while intoxicated. I have a total of four Zamboni crimes, but one of them did... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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It's probably easier, though, if you are the head of the International Monetary Fund. In what seems like a very French sort of case, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and 13 other people are on trial for allegedly organizing—well, not surprisingly, what they're... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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My source just happened across this and has no further details. No further details required, really. Whether this is how the defendant was known in the community, or just what the court clerks called him, is impossible to say. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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"Few statutes have proven as enigmatic as 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)," says the Tenth Circuit to kick off its opinion in United States v. Rentz. Hard to see what it's complaining about: (c) (1) (A) Except to the extent that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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"Hey, guys, I think the judge is starting to lose patience with all the discovery disputes in this case." "Why do you say that?" Via Overlawyered, ABA Journal. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
After a month or so of consideration (although the holidays intervened, so probably more like a day), a Texas judge has ruled that Robert Oswald has the right to get his brother's coffin back. See "Who Owns Lee Harvey Oswald's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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If it isn't, you don't live in Sevier County, Arkansas. 'Cause they found several hundred bats in the courthouse there. They were living in the elevator shaft. Some of them flew into a courtroom. Here's one that did. Hey, bat,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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This is a little off-topic, although political leaders are part of the legal system and so I have generally considered their antics to be within my jurisdiction and even if I didn't I would mention this one anyway so who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
You may recall that Bobby Chen was possibly the only person in history to (1) convince the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case and then (2) not show up. See "Could Someone Ask Bobby Chen to Call the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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As I'm sure you dorks all know, although the One Ring could turn its wearer invisible, it also had the power to influence and corrupt minds. Typically it caused those around it to become consumed with desire for the Ring... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
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The last window of opportunity for such an event would have been last weekend, because Corcoran State Prison only conducts inmate weddings on weekends, and the marriage license issued to Charles Manson and Elaine "Star" Burton expires this coming Thursday.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Lowering the Bar
I'm trying to keep these posts a little shorter on average, which would mean more posts. So let's see if I can do that here. As you may recall, although it's been a while, Nicholas George was detained at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Lowering the Bar