Friday, November 22, 2002
California's July Bar Exam Results Just In
I had drinks tonight with several friends who were waiting for their results. They scurried away furtively to check the 'net at the stroke of 6:00 p.m., when results were to be published. I remember my own evening of painful waiting some years ago . . . . According to the California State Bar, just a hair more than half (50.5%) passed the latest exam. Full statistics are available here.
Congratulations to those who passed. To those who didn't, you have plenty of company. Buck up, and try again in February.
Gay Rights and Affirmative Action on Supreme Court's Radar
Next Wednesday, the Court will consider cert petitions including one from Texas that could challenge Bowers v. Hardwick
and another from U. Michigan Law School that could determine the permissible scope of affirmative action. The decisions on the petitions are likely to be announced the following Monday, December 2. Read all about it here.
Shoulder Launched Missiles and Commercial Airliners: The Next Attack?
Salon.com paints a pretty grim picture of things to come in this article
. (The article is part of Salon's "Premium Content," but you can get it either by paying for it or for free by quickly clicking through a few ads from a car manufacturer instead.) UPDATE: (11/25/02 at 12:30 a.m.) Apparently, it's happened. "Two missiles were fired at but missed an Israeli airliner taking off from Mombasa, Kenya . . . ." I wonder if El Al's purported countermeasures worked? Read the preliminary reports here
Booze Soaked Lunches and "A Smoking Bra" at Barron's. So What Else Is New?
Read the salacious details
revealed in a lawsuit filed by a fired Barron's reporter who argues that his expense account infractions were both condoned and widely practiced.
Collateral Estopple (Not Double Jeopardy) Prevents Second Criminal Prosecution In Texas
I thought this article
about an unusual ruling in a criminal case was interesting.
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Thursday, November 21, 2002
Winnie the Pooh
California Appellate court lets stand ruling that Disney is bad, bad, bad,
and leaves open door for plaintiff family to potentially collect hundreds of millions of dollars in Pooh royalties. Oh, bother! (Nice move by Bert waiving the sanctions award, and thus limiting the issues on appeal . . . .) Read the unpublished decision of the court here.
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Former Houston TV Reporter's Suit Promises To Get Nasty
Golly! Fired Fox 26 reporter Lloyd Gite alleges "on-air talent sleeping with management, reporters appearing drunk on camera, anchors loudly hating each other's guts, cameramen smoking dope or drinking at work, reporters stealing company money and lesser-qualified people being promoted ahead of him . . . ." And that's just from depositions. Can't wait for the trial. Read more here
. (Thanks to poynter.org
for the link.)
Interesting Cert Petition
A Kansas teenager performed consensual oral sex on another male teenager at his school. He drew a sentence of 17 years under Kansas law. Had his "partner" been female, he would have received probation. His cert petition raises three interesting constitutional issues. Read all about it here on SCOTUSblog
Conspiracy Laws On Trial
I don't agree with this article
, but found it interesting.
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Copyrighted Legal Pleadings
Law firm Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach found that other plaintiffs' firms were copying its complaints verbatim. So it started putting copyright notices on its pleadings, and started registering them with the Copyright Office. Now it is sending out "cease and desist" letters, though it has yet to file any lawsuits, according to this article.
Sounds like a stretch to me . . . .
Chief Justice Antonin Scalia?
at law.com seems to think it's a strong possibility. Plus, it discusses and links to two of my favorite blawgs.
Sunday, November 17, 2002
"Waves of Anxiety"
Time Magazine reports
about the new audiotape of Bin Laden and the reaction it has caused.
Oh, Those Pesky Federalists!
D.C. Circuit Justice Silberman spouts off
in an unusually harsh manner about the recent behavior of our Supreme Court. (May require registration to view.)
Catholic Church in Coverage Dispute
is going to get ugly.
Worrisome Outlook for New Lawyers
The AP reports
that many newly minted lawyers have so much debt that they can't afford to work in public service or for the government. But private sector jobs may not be there
, and the public sector isn't faring much better
. Outlook: grim.