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Warren Burger on ‘2nd Amendment Fraud’

November 7, 2022

In 1991, conservative former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger said the idea that there was an individual right to bear arms was “a fraud”:

“This has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime. Now just look at those words. There are only three lines in that amendment. “A well regulated militia”—of the militia, which was going to be the state army, was going to be well-regulated, why shouldn’t 16 and 17 and 18 or any other age persons be regulated in the use or arms the way an automobile is regulated?”

More:

“How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment,” Michael Waldman, Politico

“Not So Long Ago, the Second Amendment Didn’t Guarantee the Right to Own a Gun,” Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine

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Starbucks Sued Over Coffee-Flavored Lip Balm

November 2, 2022

Starbucks Sued Over Coffee-Flavored Lip Balm

We call your attention to the case of Balmuccino LLC v. Starbucks Corp, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, No. 2:22-cv-01501:

“Starbucks Corp stole a Los Angeles company’s confidential information about plans for a coffee-flavored lip balm to create its S’Mores Frappucino lip-gloss kit, according to a lawsuit filed in Seattle federal court.”

— “Starbucks sued again over Frappucino lip-gloss trade secrets,” Blake Brittain, Reuters {link added]

More:

“Lawsuit claims Starbucks stole secrets for coffee-flavored lip balms,” Quratulain Tejani, NY Post

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Supreme Court Requires Blood Sacrifice

June 24, 2022

Supreme Court Requires Blood Sacrifice
The Supreme Court of the United States thinks you should be able to carry a concealed handgun in public just because you think it’s cool and want to feel like a big shot. For over a century, New York had required gun owners to have a reason to carry a concealed weapon. Police issued concealed carry permits to business owners who carry bags of cash to a bank’s night deposit facility, those who had a demonstrable proper cause to be concerned for their personal safety, and so on. Now any dumb schmuck who hasn’t been caught committing a crime — yet — will be enabled to do so, with deadly consequences, thanks to six SCOTUS conservative ideologues. That doesn’t sound like a “well-regulated militia” to us.

What can you expect?

  • More gunshot deaths, murders and suicides.
  • More civilians killed by police, who will be more likely to assume that anyone they come into contact with is armed with a concealed deadly weapon.

More:

“Supreme Court strikes down New York’s concealed carry gun law,” Oriana Gonzalez, Axios

“U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights, strikes down New York law,” Andrew Chung and Lawrence Hurley, Reuters

“Supreme Court strikes N.Y. law, finds right to carry guns outside home,” Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post

“SCOTUS Strikes Down New York Gun Control Law, Expanding Gun Rights In Wake Of Mass Shootings,” Kate Riga, Talking Points Memo 

 

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Louie Gohmert Demands His Right to Lie to the FBI

June 6, 2022

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R, TX-1) told Newsmax it’s unfair that Republicans can’t lie to the FBI. The former Texas judge was speaking about former Trump aide Peter Navarro, indicted for criminal contempt of Congress, not for lying to anybody. Yet. Mr. Gohmert was miffed that a federal jury aquitted Democrat Michael Sussman of such an offense.

FYI: Nobody, Democrat or Republican, should lie to FBI agents, since it’s a felony. The best policy is to shut up, something beyond the ability of Louie Gohmert. He recently blamed wearing masks for his COVID diagnosis and asked the National Forest Service to alter the Moon’s orbit.

More:

“Louie Gohmert Whines That Republicans Aren’t Allowed to Lie to the FBI — Which Is a Felony,” William Vaillancourt, Rolling Stone

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Fences Up at the Supreme Court

May 6, 2022

Supreme Court, May 5th; Victoria Pickering

After the recent leak of Samuel Alito’s draft decision, the Supreme Court Building was surrounded by security fencing to prevent the Justices from breaking out and inflicting further damage.

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Rudy Lost His Law License

June 25, 2021

Rudy Lost His Law License

“Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor, has been suspended from practicing law in New York state for spreading lies about the election as a lawyer for former president Donald Trump.

In an order suspending Giuliani on Thursday, the appellate division of the New York Supreme Court that covers Manhattan wrote that it found ‘uncontroverted evidence’ that Giuliani ‘communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large’ to suggest that ‘victory in the 2020 United States presidential election was stolen from his client.’”

— “Rudy Giuliani Has Been Suspended From Practicing Law In New York”, Sarah Mimms, BuzzFeed News

More:

“Rudy Giuliani barred from practicing law in New York over election lies,” Sarah Betancourt, The Guardian

“Rudy Giuliani suspended from practicing law in New York,” Zachary Basu, Axios

“Americans Shocked to Learn That Giuliani Had Law License,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

Updates:

“Rudy Giuliani Is Still a Member of the DC Bar,” Marisa M. Kashino, Washingtonian

“The Ruling Suspending Giuliani’s Law License Is Kind of Hilarious,” Jeremy Stahl, Slate

“Rudy Giuliani suspended from practicing law in D.C. court,” Rachel Weiner, Washington Post

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How We Pick Juries

December 7, 2018

There’s a problem with juries. A legal loophole makes them less diverse. A Vox video.

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Lawyer Locked Up For Rolling His Eyes At Judge

November 2, 2018

Lawyer Locked Up For Rolling His Eyes At Judge

Circuit Judge David Borowski of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin ordered the detention of Public Defender Puck Tsai for a perceived lack of respect and decorum. “Rolling your eyes, throwing your hands in the air, acting like I’m some kind of idiot gets you locked up for contempt,” Judge Borowski told Mr. Tsai before the defense attorney was handcuffed and hauled off to the slammer with a belly chain.

“According to the Journal Sentinel,” notes the ABA Journal,  “it’s not the first time Borowski ordered contempt detentions. He previously did so for parties in probate cases and for a lawyer in a high-profile criminal case.”

More:

“Judge Locks Up Defense Attorney Who Dared To Roll His Eyes At Him,” Kathryn Rubino, Above the Law

“Defense lawyers group calls for Milwaukee County judge to admit error, apologize or resign over jailed lawyer,” Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal

Bonus section: 

“Eye Rolling,” Wikipedia

“Don’t Roll Your Bloodshot Eyes at Me,” written by Hank Penny, recorded by Wynonie Harris, 1951.

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Brett Kavanaugh: Perjury?

September 7, 2018

When Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during 2004 confirmation hearings on his DC Circuit Court nomination, he said, under oath, that he had not seen confidential memos regarding the judicial nomination of William Pryor that were pilfered from Democratic senators by GOP staffer Manuel Miranda, and was not involved in Bush White House discussions about the Pryor nomination. Guess what was in the “committee confidential” emails released at 3AM on Thursday? An email about the Pryor nomination.

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Client Number Three

April 18, 2018

Client Number Three

After the FBI seized documents from his office, home, and hotel room, Trump fixer Michael Cohen is on trial in New York for as-yet unspecified federal crimes, most likely bank fraud and campaign law violations relating to his hush money payoffs to women on behalf of his adulterous clients Donald Trump and Elliott Broidy. Mr. Cohen isn’t much of a lawyer, but he’s had one more client, whose identity he tried to withholdJudge Kimba Wood wasn’t having it, and “client number three” turned out to be Sean Hannity, the vociferous defender of Donald Trump and Michael Cohen on Fox News. Hilarity ensued.

More:

“Yes, Sean Hannity was a legal client of Michael Cohen’s,” Philip Bump, Washington Post

“No Disclosure? No Problem. Sean Hannity Gets a Pass at Fox News.” Michael M. Grynbaum and John Koblin, New York Times

“Sean Hannity’s idea of ‘attorney-client privilege’ was right out of ‘Breaking Bad,’”  Kyle Swenson, Washington Post

“Sean Hannity’s Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers,” Rosie Gray, The Atlantic

“Michael Cohen and the Busting of the Trump Crime Family,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Trump Should Be Worried by Cohen Probe. Really Worried.” Noah Feldman,  Bloomberg View

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