Friday Follies 2.21

“A Missouri man fatally shot his wife while using a gun to put holes in his wall to install a TV. The victim was standing outside in their lawn when the second bullet he fired struck in her in the chest.” Speaking from an evolutionary standpoint, a ricochet into his chest seems more appropriate. (via BuzzFeed)

I wonder what he really thought: A six-month suspension has been recommended for an Illinois lawyer who, among other things, told a judge during a conference call in a custody matter that the judge was a “narcissistic, maniacal, mental case, and should not be on the bench” and followed up with a letter saying “you appear to have serious mental issues involving extreme narcissism and illusions of grandiosity.” (A First Amendment defense was rejected on the grounds that while attorneys can legitimately criticize a judge, they cannot unjustly impugn the character or integrity of a judge.)

Parents of two hockey players are suing for $25,000 for the psychological damage and demoralization their sons suffered when they didn’t make a Toronto area midget junior A team. (Midget hockey in Canada is for kids age 15-17.) One of the claims alleges, “The conduct by all defendants destroyed the dignity of my son, whom in good conscience gave his team nothing but his best efforts.” Hey, I wonder if the statute of limitations has run on all those coaches that cut me decades ago?

This week’s burning legal question (in the advice columns): Who can legally use the disabled-access toilet stall? Anyone with a lick of sense knows you should ask Larry David

A lawyer is being sued by a man who says the lawyer refused to pay him after he took up — and succeeded on — the lawyer’s challenge on NBC’s “Dateline” that he’d pay $1 million to anyone who could make it from the Atlanta airport to a La Quinta Inn in 28 minutes, as the lawyer’s client was accused of doing in a capital murder case.

Sure, blame your pot-growing on Hitler. Is that because Hitler’s birthday is 4-20 and 4-20 somehow, somewhere became pot day? (via Disinformation)

“Experts who told L’Aquila [Italy] city officials there was no risk of an earthquake six days before last year’s catastrophic quake are under investigation for gross negligent manslaughter.” (via Overlawyered)

There may be said to be three sorts of laywers, able, unable, and lamentable.

Robert Surtees, Plain or Ringlets?

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