A regularly updated guide to random legal news that I find interesting -- and hope you will too. And links! Always links!


Saturday, March 08, 2003

Ruling: Convict Responsible For His Own Crime

"A judge has dismissed the $2 million lawsuit filed by a convicted rapist who claimed the hospital where he sexually assaulted a woman was negligent because it didn't prevent the crime, according to court records," it says here.
Former Attorney General Dan Morales Indicted

"A federal grand jury today indicted former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales and a longtime friend, Houston attorney Marc Murr, for allegedly trying to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in unearned legal fees for Murr in the state's anti-tobacco lawsuit. The panel also charged Morales with illegally using political funds to help purchase a $770,000 house while he was still attorney general and earning $92,217 a year," the Houston Chronicle reports here.

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Victim of a Schoolyard Brawl Dies Nine Years Later; Ex-Classmate Charged with Manslaughter

"Nearly nine years ago, Desmon Venn threw a single punch at a high school classmate and put him in a coma. Venn pleaded guilty to assault, spent two months in a boot camp and figured he had paid his debt to society. Then, last month, the victim died of his injuries, and prosecutors brought involuntary manslaughter charges against Venn. Now 26, he could get up to 15 years behind bars if convicted in the death of Zuhair Pattah," the A.P. is reporting here.
Insurance Examiner Jailed on Sex Charge

This one you'll just have to read for yourselves . . . .

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Elvis Presley Alive and Vexatiously Litigating in Canada

Apparently The King liked to repeatedly file frivolous lawsuits against government officials. The court banned him from any further filings until he paid $10,000 in court costs. He responded with a $120 million suit against the court, according to this.

Monday, March 03, 2003

Winnie the Pooh Court Case Postponed to Sept. 24

"A trial involving billions of dollars in marketing rights to honey-loving Winnie the Pooh has been postponed until September from later this week, Walt Disney Co. and its legal antagonist both said on Monday," Reuters reports here. WeirdOfTheNews had reported on this extremely contentious case earlier.
Jury Convicts West Virginia Magistrate Charged with Racketeering

"A county magistrate was convicted Monday of extorting money from defendants by pocketing their bond. Danny R. Wells was found guilty of racketeering for squeezing amounts ranging from $100 to $300 from three defendants. The Logan County magistrate had also been accused of extorting sex, but the jury cleared him of two of those charges and the judge dropped another charge," the AP is reporting via
Florida's Gay-Adoption Ban Goes to 11th Circuit

"In a renewed attack, the American Civil Liberties Union will argue in federal appeals court in Miami [Tuesday] that Florida's 1977 statute banning adoption by gays and lesbians violates their rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment," reports here.
Pillsbury and Ex-Partner Seek Mediation

"After a high-profile fight in the press last fall, Stamford, Conn., attorney Frode Jensen III and his former firm, Pillsbury Winthrop, appear ready to settle their differences in private. Jensen and Pillsbury filed a joint motion Feb. 19 in Stamford Superior Court, seeking to postpone until April 7 a hearing on Jensen's request for a $19 million prejudgment lien against the law firm." But Jensen is concerned that Pillsbury may not have enough cash to pay his damages, New York Lawyer reports here.
British Skier Arrested in Fatal Collision

"A British skier has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a fatal collision with another man at a Colorado ski resort," Newsday reports here. UPDATE: He won't be charged after all.


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