Bitter News, 12-30-09

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as genius as calling 9-1-1 just to get a ride to a bar:

• Can we get some Taser precedents on the books please??  Oh, good.  “A federal appeals court this week ruled that a California police officer can be held liable for injuries suffered by an unarmed man he Tasered during a traffic stop.” It’s an “electrifying new decision.” Har.  [Los Angeles Times]

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• “Value” is the new law firm and BigLaw buzz word!  Being value-based.  Providing value.  Being generally value-rific is what it’s all about.  Just ask DLA Piper.  [Chicago Tribune]

• Bitter Lawyer interviewed Mike Leach, Texas Tech head football coach (and former lawyer), earlier this year.  But now, Ted Liggett, Leach’s lawyer, is taking the interviews.  The Lubbock-based attorney is making the network rounds regarding legal actions possible to overturn the coach’s suspension for allegedly mistreating an injured player.  “The motion for a temporary restraining order, which would allow Leach to coach in the [Alamo] bowl game [on Saturday], was filed Tuesday in Lubbock.” Now, Liggett says, Leach is just waiting to be fired. [ESPN]

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• Last day to vote for Bitter Lawyer.  Don’t be an ass.  Just do it.  [ABA Journal]

• Levi Johnson (sort of) let it all hang out for the world to see earlier this year.  Now his custody battle for his son with Bristol Palin is being hung out for viewing too. Alaska Superior Court Judge Kari Kristiansen decided to keep the case public, despite the Palin camp’s attempt to go the DL route.  It’s enough to make Levi want to go for another quickie—this time using protection.  [Philly.com]

• “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill banning the jailing of people suspected of tax crimes and has fired another senior prison official following the jail death of a tax lawyer in November.” Who knew life as a tax lawyer in Russia used to be so on the freaking edge?  [The Wall Street Journal]

• For some legal professionals, visiting Bitter Lawyer reinforces feelings of personal gratitude…and Schadenfreude.  We’ll take the love any way we can.  [Paralegalese]

• The man who allegedly gay-baited University of Alabama law school students to get the word out about the nastiness of same-sex marriage, Karl Rove, just got a divorce.  [True/Slant]

• If you’re really, really….really bored.  Here’s a battle of the law firm holiday cards.  [Above the Law]

• Remember the JFK naked-lady boat trip picture we mentioned yesterday?  Total hoax.  All Playboy smoke, breasts and mirrors.  [The Smoking Gun]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as genius as calling 9-1-1 just to get a ride to a bar:

• Can we get some Taser precedents on the books please??  Oh, good.  “A federal appeals court this week ruled that a California police officer can be held liable for injuries suffered by an unarmed man he Tasered during a traffic stop.” It’s an “electrifying new decision.” Har.  [Los Angeles Times]

• “Value” is the new law firm and BigLaw buzz word!  Being value-based.  Providing value.  Being generally value-rific is what it’s all about.  Just ask DLA Piper.  [Chicago Tribune]

• Bitter Lawyer interviewed Mike Leach, Texas Tech head football coach (and former lawyer), earlier this year.  But now, Ted Liggett, Leach’s lawyer, is taking the interviews.  The Lubbock-based attorney is making the network rounds regarding legal actions possible to overturn the coach’s suspension for allegedly mistreating an injured player.  “The motion for a temporary restraining order, which would allow Leach to coach in the [Alamo] bowl game [on Saturday], was filed Tuesday in Lubbock.” Now, Liggett says, Leach is just waiting to be fired. [ESPN]

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