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Meanwhile, at SCOTUS….

Background, as taken from the oral argument: “Minnesota’s statute bans all conventional political expression on apparel to prevent a smaller class of material that can already be regulated under other election statutes. Shirts saying AFL-CIO, Chamber of Commerce, Moveon.cor — Moveon.org — excuse me — and countless other examples are prohibited. Since a vast amount … Continue reading »

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Cursed From Birth

In the news: Felon Named “Fellony” Charged with New Felonies A 22-year-old named Fellony Hudson is accused of felony kidnapping, felony eluding, felony possession of a stolen vehicle and several misdemeanors after police pursued him across state lines. … After a chase that spanned several cities, his vehicle was eventually hit with a set of … Continue reading »

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The Oxford Comma, Revisited

As we are occasionally wont to do, we’d like to take a moment to argue once again in favor of the Oxford Comma.  It really does make things clearer, as a court in Maine recently ruled: https://qz.com/932004/the-oxford-comma-a-maine-court-settled-the-grammar-debate-over-serial-commas-with-a-ruling-on-overtime-pay-for-dairy-truck-drivers/ A Maine court ruling in a case about overtime pay and dairy delivery didn’t come down to trucks, … Continue reading »

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On Neil Gorsuch, Part I

We think we’re most impressed with Gorsuch’s skepticism toward the “Chevron two-step” or “Chevron deference” established in Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984). Chevron is perhaps the least-sexy case with the biggest impact on your life; few non-lawyers have even heard of it, and yet it grants tremendous … Continue reading »

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History Repeats Itself

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/28/wash-lawmaker-suggests-county-impose-150g-litter-tax-on-paper-that-criticized/ A Washington state newspaper is crying foul after a state senator proposed making the paper pay a $150,000-a-year fine for being “one of the top polluters in the county.” It just so happens that the lawmaker, state Sen. Don Benton, had been the subject of a series of critical articles in the same newspaper. … Benton … Continue reading »

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Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos, goes the axiom.  Property rights extend not just to the surface, but infinitely out to space.  This set us to thinking about a Robert Heinlein novella, The Man Who Sold the Moon.  If we could somehow arrange to be directly under the Moon, we’d have … Continue reading »

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…You Might Be A Redneck

If you’ve ever been involved in a custody fight over a huntin’ dog…. From the public record, we found one even better.  If you’ve ever been involved in a custody fight over a cowboy hat (see page 3), you might be a redneck. (Note: this document is in the public record, and all of the public filings of the … Continue reading »

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We seem to be attracting a better class of spam: Dear Counsel, I wish to hire your legal service to help me file a petition against my ex-husband for failure to make court ordered payment for Child Support, Alimony and Medical Support. Please advise. Regards, Hitomi Jefferson <aurelia.camparini@unito.it> We wonder: do we have an ethical … Continue reading »

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On Absurdity

We recently enjoyed the opportunity to have as a party opponent a guest of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  We shall not detail the matter but to say that he is a mancritter who should not be allowed near children. In order for our case to proceed, we needed to serve him with certain paperwork … Continue reading »

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State Actor?

International law; specifically, discussing the Argentine attack on a Liberian tanker in the Falklands War. Prof. S.: Were they state actors?  They had airplanes with guns.  Do any private companies have airplanes with guns? Smartarse Student: Blackwater.

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