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Kudos to Overlawyered

I’d like to extend my belated congratulaions to Walter Olson and the crew at Overlawyered on their 1oth anniversary which, I understand, was yesterday. Overlawtered is generally acknowledged as the first legal blog ( or blawg, as some misguided souls insist). After 10 years its still must reading, thanks in large part to Walter Olson,…

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Scalia Takes Questions From VA High School Students

On this weekend’s installment of C-SPAN’s “America and the Courts” Justice Antonin Scalia spoke to and took questions from a group of high school students from Virginia (you can view the program at thisĀ linkĀ for a limited period of time). I highly recommend that you take a look if you have any interest in the Supreme…

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Southern Appeal Rises Again

In a not necessarily litigation related vein, I am very pleased to pass along the news that Feddie, the publisher of the Southern Appeal blog, has decided to resume blogging, nearly a year after shutting Southern Appeal down for a hiatus. Hope everyone will check in and see what Feddie’s got on his mind these…

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Bonds’ Grand Jury Testimony Unsealed

An American judge ordered Barry Bonds’ grand-jury testimony to be unsealed and asked prosecutors to re-write the perjury case against Major League Baseball’s home-run king, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday. Judge Susan Illston ordered the unsealing of Bonds’ 2003 testimony during the federal court hearing at the US District Court building. She also criticized…

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Covington’s Clemens Conflict

When Roger Clemens appears before Congress this morning to testify about steroid use, one of the many dark suited men with him will be Lanny Breuer, a partner at the Washington law firm Covington & Burling. What makes this especially interesting is that Covington represents Major League Baseball. In essence, then, Covington is representing a…

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Welcome to Those Visiting From the Illinois Trial Practice Blog

I would like to extend a very belated welcome to those of you who are visiting here from the Illinois Trial Practice Blog (which, judging from the traffic statistics I have seen, is quite a few of you), and would like to thank the publisher of that fine blog, a link to which I have…

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Clinton & Obama to Reprise Bush v. Gore?

The Wall Street Journal yesterday ran an op-ed piece by former Solicitor General Ted Olson in which Olson speculates about the possible legal hijinks that could result from a continuing nomination deadlock between Democrat candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. While I disagree with Olson’s implication (unintended, I expect) that the Electoral College system is…

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Candiates Views on Judges and Judicial Philosophy

The Federalist Society has posted on its website a very useful and informative feature in which the presidential candidates – the Republican candidates, at least, the Democrats are yet to respond – discuss their views on judicial philosophy and describe what kind of judges they would appoint if elected. I commend this feature to your…

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Federal District Judge Slams Litigants For Imposing “Needless Burdens” on Court

In a decision blasting the parties’ attorneys for “impos[ing] needless burdens on busy courts,” a federal judge in Manhattan has instructed a Hong Kong-based company to pay $21 million it had promised in exchange for shares in a marketing company.Southern District Judge William H. Pauley III said in BrandAid v. Biss, 03 Civ. 5088, that…

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“The Whole Thing Is a Crock of SH*T”

So says defense attorney Mark Geragos about the federal investigation into steroid use and distribution that led to the recent indictment of home run king Barry Bonds. As outlined fairly persuasively in this recent article on Reason magazine’s website, Geragos appears to be right. The BALCO case appears to be yet another federal boondoggle in…

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