Bitter News, 1-11-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom and wishes for a Happy No Pants Day 2010:

• We love when pop culture and law intersect.  We especially love when pop culture is in the form of a fake-tanning, fist-pumping Jersey Shore cast member.  Vinny Guadagnino, the least dbag-y one (with the least amount of screen time), is riding the MTV show’s success wave all the way to law school.  Vin just took his LSAT and will be applying to programs—if the whole entertainer/comedian thing doesn’t work out, of course.  Or, maybe he’ll just be a lawyer comedian, like these guys.  Or, maybe he’ll just motorboat Snooki til the end of days.  It’s anyone’s guess.  [People.com]

• And Vinny was just one of 60,746.  Fact: A record number of people took the LSAT in October.  Fact: The crap economy is clearly seeping into people’s psyches and convincing them law school is the answer.  Fact: These people are dumbasses.  [The New York Times]

• In a weekend interview, David Boies, the star litigator representing the plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8, explained what to expect in the three-to-four-week bench trial that started today in San Francisco.  And those reports are the only idea of what’s happening at this point.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that video coverage of the trial about same-sex marriage will not be streamed on YouTube, as previously decided.  Acting on emergency appeal, SCOTUS’ exact reason wasn’t totally clear.  [Los Angeles Times]

• You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but it’s hard to pick a jury for the guy who’s accused of killing the Kansas abortion doctor in church.  [AP via Philly.com]

• Wolfgang Grobecker was the newest partner in Milbank, Tweed’s Munich office, until he resigned one week after starting because it was revealed that he left his last firm for sexual misconduct.  Maybe he took the whole ”Rock me, Amadeus” thing a little too far once?  [The Am Law Daily]

• Attorney general Eric Holder is defending Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s racial remarks about President Obama being a “light skinned” African-American.  But he probably won’t be backing up impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich as easily.  Ol’ Rod went and told Esquire magazine that he himself is “blacker than Barack Obama.” Which reaffirms that, in life, nothing is simply black and white—it’s how black the black is that matters.  [CBS News]

• The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats was convicted by a jury as being partially responsible for a pitcher who died after being hit in the head with a line drive.  Apparently the bat manufacturer “failed to provide adequate warning as to the dangers of the bat.” So look for “Warning: Hits objects at your face really hard” on your new piece of lumber.  [Legal Blog Watch]

• And in other sports equipment news: The Supreme Court will be deciding who can legally make NFL hats.  At this rate, they’ll probably rule that they also need to be labeled with “Warning: This object covers your head from the ears up.” (Apparently the case is about more than just hats, but what does it matter?) [Chicago Tribune]

• What to do if you work for a law firm and the firm co-founder is implicated in promulgating $1 billion in a Ponzi scheme.  (Hey, it could totally happen.) Are you culpable?  Honestly, you might be.  But here’s how those from Scott Rothstein’s firm are moving on and trying to play it cool.  [Palm Beach Post]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom and wishes for a Happy No Pants Day 2010:

• We love when pop culture and law intersect.  We especially love when pop culture is in the form of a fake-tanning, fist-pumping Jersey Shore cast member.  Vinny Guadagnino, the least dbag-y one with the least amount of screen time, is riding the MTV show’s success all the way to law school.  Vin just took his LSAT and will be applying to programs—if the whole entertainer/comedian thing doesn’t work out, of course.  Or, maybe he’ll just be a lawyer comedian, like these guys.  Or, maybe he’ll just motorboat Snooki til the end of days.  It’s anyone’s guess.  [People.com]

• And Vinny was just one of 60,746.  Fact: A record number of people who took the LSAT in October.  Fact: The crap economy is clearly seeping into people’s psyches and convincing them law school is the answer.  Fact: These people are dumbasses.  [The New York Times]

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1 Comment

  1. SFLawyer

    January 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    What a crazy world, enjoyed the news

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