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June 3, 2012

Vote for this man

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If you reside in the Los Angeles area, vote for this man.

February 24, 2012

Crazy Ohio lawyers, and judges?

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 12:46 pm
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This is not a story you see every day.  I’ve reached out to a prominent Akron, Ohio attorney to see if there is more to the story.

More here.

January 6, 2012

And not just lawyers….

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 12:25 pm
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but sometimes even judges make mistakes.  This one is pretty funny.  Leave it to the Canadian legal system.

April 24, 2011

Crazy judges

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 7:24 am
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We seem to have had an outbreak lately.

Here,

and here,

and here.

January 30, 2011

Jury duty

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 7:30 am
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Apparently one of the Supremes was called for jury duty.  It is a shame that the Justice wasn’t selected.   I cannot imagine what trying that case would have been like.  Story here.

And, it turns out that our Vice President has also recently been called for jury duty.  Story here.

January 13, 2011

More crazy canucks

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 6:52 am
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I make a lot of fun of Canadians, especially in a legal context on this blog.  Most of this is for the benefit of Mr. Bates.  Certainly the parties in this divorce are worthy of the attention, though I admire the judge who wrote an opinion so honest that I suspect that few judges here in the states would write it, though most certainly would want to.

January 11, 2011

Death of a Judge

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 6:57 am
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Sadly, one who died in the recent Arizona shooting was a federal judge, who appears to have been the type of judge we need more of.  Our loss.  A remembrance here.

September 14, 2010

Kentucky Judge stabbed

Filed under: Kentucky,Legal — dknights @ 6:28 am
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Perry County Kentucky District Judge Leigh Anne Stephens was stabbed while eating at a restaurant in Hazard Kentucky.  Her attacker was arrested and the Judge’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening.  More here and here.

I’ve appeared before this Judge on one or two occasions.  She is an excellent Judge.  I am very glad this was not more serious.

August 5, 2010

Humor in the law

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 6:37 am
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Reading court opinions can be some pretty dry and boring stuff.  HOwever, every once in a while,  judges will try and inject some humor into their writings.  Google Scholar blog has gathered a top ten list of these types of opinions here.

I particularly like this decision and this one.

July 15, 2010

Collection law news

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 6:35 am
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Here is a story in the NYT, (not my favorite paper for accurate news accounts) about the increase in collection lawsuits.  While I think the story is one-sided, I do think that firms, like the one cited in the article bring this on themselves by trying to handle too many cases in a rote fashion.

This article prompted one of my favorite authors, Megan Mcardle, to do blog posts here and here on the subject of debt collectors.  I posted some clarifications in the comments, some of which prompted Ms Mcardle to post updates to her blog posts.  Generally I agree with much of what she said in her posts, especially regarding debt that is bought and sold numerous times.

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