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Thor: Ragnarok Does Not Exemplify Trial By Combat
Over at the ABA Journal, Adam Banner claims that Thor: Ragnarok is the "latest instance of trial by combat in popular culture." He writes (don't worry, no spoilers yet):  First off, if you haven’t seen the new Thor film, I highly suggest it. It’s one of the...
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Bacongate: Did Senator Leahy Read My Confirmation Hearing Outline for Justice Willett?
Business Insider reports on a ridiculous exchange between Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Nominee, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, a video of which is below: Back when Justice Willet was being considered as...
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Honolulu Bans Looking at Cell Phones While Crossing The Street
NPR reports here and here on a recent ordinance passed by the City and County of Honolulu that prohibits people from "viewing" "mobile electronic devices" while crossing a street or highway. From NPR: Police in Honolulu on Wednesday will begin writing ticke...
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Court Denies Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Request to Vacate All Orders and Dismiss Case Following Pardon
NPR reports : U.S. District Judge Susan Ritchie Bolton says that President Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio does not "revise the historical facts" of his case — and that she will not vacate her ruling that found Arpaio guilty of c...
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Plaintiff Asks Court to Declare That Defendant is a "BULLY"
From this tweet by Keith Lee, I learned of this fascinating Complaint filed on Sunday in the New York County Supreme Court. Lee takes note of the first two paragraphs of the Complaint, which are admittedly colorful: 1. The date, September 7, 2017, is a date...
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Wall Street Journal Praises Judicial Ignorance of Statistical Methods
From yesterday's Wall Street Journal editorial page  covering yesterday's oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford ,  a case that involved a challenge to alleged gerrymandering: [Chief Justice John Roberts] zeroed in on risks for the credibility of the judiciary ...
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Trump to Nominate Justice Don Willett for Fifth Circuit
So reports San Antonio Express-News: President Trump on Thursday will nominate two conservatives from Texas with compelling personal stories to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to a senior administrative official. Texas Supreme Court Justice...
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Talking in Public: A Cautionary Tale for Lawyers
Kenneth Vogel of The New York Times has this remarkable story that should serve as a cautionary tale for all attorneys who may feel tempted to speak about their cases and clients outside of the office. Vogel reports that he was getting lunch with a source i...
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Boating Under the Influence and Probable Cause
Here's some good news out of Iowa: it appears that incidents involving people boating under the influence of alcohol are on the decline. From this KCRG report : A total of 78 full time Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officers cover Iowa's ...
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Recent Equifax Breach Prompts Criticism of Arbitration Provisions
The credit monitoring firm, Equifax, recently suffered a massive data breach , resulting in the exposure of the personal information of approximately 143 million Americans. This personal information includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and ...
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