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General Off-Topic Board / Drunk Lawyer
« on: June 08, 2007, 08:12:50 AM »
Vegas lawyer, Joe Caramagno, causes mistrial after showing up to court drunk, part 1. A judge ordered a blood-alcohol test for a defense lawyer who was slurring his words, then declared a mistrial after declaring him too tipsy to argue a kidnapping case. Watch the judge loose her patience. TOO FUNNY!

General Off-Topic Board / Broadcasters 1, FCC 0
« on: June 05, 2007, 08:51:23 AM »

An appeals court said a new federal policy against accidentally aired profanities on TV and radio was invalid, noting that vulgar language had become so common that even President Bush has been heard using expletives.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in favor of a Fox Television-led challenge to the policy and returned the case to the Federal Communications Commission to let the agency try to explain how its policy was not "arbitrary and capricious." The court said it doubted the FCC could.

The broadcasters had asked the appeals court last year to invalidate the FCC's conclusion that profanity-laced broadcasts on four shows were indecent, even though no fines were issued. The FCC said the "F-word" in any context "inherently has a sexual connotation" and can be subject to enforcement action.

The appeals court said some of the FCC's explanations for its new policy, reversing a more lenient policy in place for nearly three decades, were "divorced from reality."

The court noted that even President Bush was heard one day telling British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the United Nations needed to "get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s---."

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told The Associated Press that the ruling will make it difficult to impose fines for indecency.

"Practically, this makes it difficult to go forward on a lot of the cases that are in front of us," he said. An appeal was being considered, he said.

The FCC found its ban was violated by a Dec. 9, 2002, broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards in which singer Cher used the phrase "F--- 'em" and a Dec. 10, 2003, Billboard awards show in which reality show star Nicole Richie said, "Have you ever tried to get cow s--- out of a Prada purse? It's not so f------ simple."

In a majority opinion written by Judge Rosemary Pooler, the appeals court questioned whether the FCC's indecency test could survive First Amendment scrutiny.

"We are sympathetic to the networks' contention that the FCC's indecency test is undefined, indiscernible, inconsistent and consequently unconstitutionally vague," she wrote.

Fox Broadcasting praised the ruling, saying "government regulation of content serves no purpose other than to chill artistic expression in violation of the First Amendment." It said viewers can decide appropriate viewing content for themselves, using parental control technologies.

The new policy was put in place after a January 2003 NBC broadcast of the Golden Globes awards show, in which U2 lead singer Bono uttered the phrase "f------ brilliant."

FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps said the decision was disappointing to him and millions of parents but "doesn't change the FCC's legal obligation to enforce the indecency statute."

"So any broadcaster who sees this decision as a green light to send more gratuitous sex and violence into our homes would be making a huge mistake," Copps said. "The FCC has a duty to find a way to breathe life into the laws that protect our kids."

Associated Press writer John Dunbar in Washington also contributed to this report.

Copyright 2007 Associated Press.

Incoming 1Ls / Coke or Pepsi School
« on: June 04, 2007, 06:00:00 PM »
What were/are the softdrink affilliations of your UG and Law School?

I'll start...

UG: Pepsi
LS: Coke - religiously.

General Off-Topic Board / SUNKEN TREASURE LAW
« on: May 31, 2007, 06:52:28 AM »
Spain is suing a US Firm over their recent recovery of a HUGE stash of dubloons from a shipwreck somewhere in the Atlantic. They are being represented by Covington (who have represented them previously).

Anyone else really want to work for Covington and practice shipwreck-law now? Is it bad form to go into court dressed like a pirate?

Wanting to keep a role as engines of social mobility, some schools have pushed to diversify economically.

Mr. Jack, Amherst officials say, would likely not have benefited under traditional affirmative action programs. In their groundbreaking 1998 study of 28 selective universities, William Bowen, the former president of Princeton, and Derek Bok, now the interim president of Harvard, found that 86 percent of blacks who enrolled were middle or upper middle class. (Amherst was not included in that study.) The white students were even wealthier.

“Universities have prided themselves on making strides in racial diversity, but for the most part they have avoided the larger issue of class inequality,” said Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation.

General Off-Topic Board / UK Judge Doesn't Know what a Web Page is
« on: May 16, 2007, 06:17:25 PM »;_ylt=AszIY5m_8gyrEPggaWSqKdgjtBAF

A British judge admitted on Wednesday he was struggling to cope with basic terms like "Web site" in the trial of three men accused of inciting terrorism via the Internet.

Judge Peter Openshaw broke into the questioning of a witness about a Web forum used by alleged Islamist radicals.

"The trouble is I don't understand the language. I don't really understand what a Web site is," he told a London court during the trial of three men charged under anti-terrorism laws.

Prosecutor Mark Ellison briefly set aside his questioning to explain the terms "Web site" and "forum." An exchange followed in which the 59-year-old judge acknowledged: "I haven't quite grasped the concepts."

Violent Islamist material posted on the Internet, including beheadings of Western hostages, is central to the case.

Concluding Wednesday's session and looking ahead to testimony on Thursday by a computer expert, the judge told Ellison: "Will you ask him to keep it simple, we've got to start from basics."

Younes Tsouli, 23, Waseem Mughal, 24, and Tariq al-Daour, 21, deny a range of charges under Britain's Terrorism Act, including inciting another person to commit an act of terrorism "wholly or partly" outside Britain.

Tsouli and Mughal also deny conspiracy to murder. Al-Daour has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with others to defraud banks, credit card and charge card companies.

Prosecutors have told the jury at Woolwich Crown Court, east London, that the defendants kept car-bomb-making manuals and videos of how to wire suicide vests as part of a campaign to promote global jihad, or holy war.

The trial continues.

General Off-Topic Board / FIFA Football T14
« on: May 16, 2007, 03:57:37 PM »
World Football Rankings:

1) Italy
2) Brazil
3) Argentina
4) France
5) Germany
6) Netherlands
7) Portugal
8 ) England
9) Spain
10) Czech Republic
11) Ukraine
12) Croatia
13) Cameroon
14) Scotland

England is easily the most  overrated T14 country. Thoughts?,2548,All-May-2007,00.html

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / LOCI Required?
« on: May 14, 2007, 01:40:33 PM »
So, I have a couple of waitlists. A few of which, I would be very happy to get off of. I'm not really sure what to say in a LOCI though. I've already sent volumes of information/addendums/letters/updates to ALL of my schools throughout the cycle. I've heard that a LOCI should say:

1) Why I am a good fit for them
2) What I have been doing

I'm not entirely sure that I have much to say about either topic though. I don't know that I am a good fit for ANY of my schools, and I haven't done ANYTHING new or interesting since I last contacted them.

What do you think? Do I send a letter?

What sort of things could I talk about?

Same as the other thread, but for schools that made you all warm and fuzzy and/or gave you wet-dreams of lawyerdom during the cycle.

This thread is for people to announce when they've been accepted off of a waitlist, so we can try to track those a little bit easier.

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