Bitter News, 12-7-09

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as gangster as Public Enemy rapping about 9-1-1 and not 9/11:

• Hit the panic button!  We forgot about the pending A.I. invasion.  Has anyone yet thought about what the hell is going to happen (legally speaking) when robots take over the planet?… Um, yes, actually.  Phew.  [San Francisco Chronicle]

• The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether Christian Legal Society at University of California’s Hastings College of the Law “violated the constitutional rights of a Christian group by denying it recognition as an official campus organization because it excludes gays and lesbians.” It could become the ultimate grudge match between anti-discrimination policies and religious freedoms.  A case for Marc Randazza perhaps?  Regardless, it’s interesting how this occurs amidst the blogosphere’s debate over a hiring lawyer’s question for a New York Times advice columnist: “Is it ethical to recommend rejection of members of the Federalist Society simply because you disagree with their conservative politics?” [Los Angeles Times | ABA Journal]

• Here we go again—the ABA’s annual list of the 100 best Blawgs includes Bitter Lawyer for the second year in a row.  And now it all comes down to soliciting votes to win the competitive category of “Lighter Fare.” (Apparently we’re like a leafy green salad on a warm summer day.) So, if you love Bitter Lawyer as much as you do, say, balsamic vinaigrette, please take a moment to vote…or die.  [ABA Journal]

• How many times have you heard a lawyer say, “I was once pre-med, but I could not get past organic chemistry”?  Don’t answer.  It’s rhetorical.  But if that class has spared even one person who wasn’t cut out to be a doctor from exorbitant medical school debt, shouldn’t there be a similar class for those headed to law school—like organic lawology or something?  Think about it.  [C’s Get Degrees]

• Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich can’t catch a break.  Last week, the law office of an attorney representing him was robbed of computers containing evidence for his upcoming trial.  And now, federal prosecutors plan to bring a revised indictment against him regarding “honest services fraud law, which criminalizes activity that deprives the public or the government of the right to have public officials perform their duties honestly.” What Blago does have going for him, however, is that he may (or may not) be the newest, richest online poker sensation with a $5-million purse.  And the search to find the burglar(s) got one more sawed-off shotgun off the streets, so we’ll put that in the win column.  [Los Angeles Times]

News continued below video:

• Here’s how most 62-year-old lawyers don’t see this whole retirement thing playing out… Judge: “You are — were — a very good lawyer.” And then he sentences you to 14 years in prison and a fine of $225,000 for witness tampering.  Although maybe in this economy that could be considered housing security.  [The New York Times]

• You can anytime.  But not LLM student Michael.  Capiche?  [Law Actually]

• David Mamet’s new play, Race, starring James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington and Richard Thomas opened on Broadway last night.  It takes place in a law firm where a white man accused of raping a black woman is seeking representation.  So it pretty much sounds like Mamet put his To Kill a Mockingbird thing down flipped it and reversed it.  [Bloomberg]

• Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger’s law firm was commissioned to conduct an internal investigation of the community-organizing group ACORN, and the results are in: There was no criminal conduct by employees caught on videos offering advice on how to hide assets and falsify lending documents.  Case closed.  Do not question these findings.  Nothing more to see here.  Everybody go home.  [New York Daily News]

• How can Office Space actor Ron Livingston make sure gay rumors are permanently included on his Wikipedia page?  By filing a big lawsuit against an anonymous commenter for repeatedly posting gay rumors to his Wikipedia page.  [Mashable]

• Actor Jerry O’Connell can’t decide if he wants to be a real TTT lawyer or just play one on TV.  Looks like he’s bouncing from Southwestern Law School to do an NBC legal comedy.  [Movieline]

• Has anyone seen Sam E. Goldberg AKA Mr. Law School do his YouTube shtick yet?  Does anyone want to?  Is this supposed to be like if Larry David went to law school?  If a risk-adverse video host finally found his true calling?  If I could put my finger on it, I’d stop asking questions.  Hope you’re sitting down because here comes his finals schedule—stand-up style.  [YouTube]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as gangster as Public Enemy rapping about 9-1-1 and not 9/11:

• Hit the panic button!  We forgot about the pending A.I. invasion.  Has anyone yet thought about what the hell is going to happen (legally speaking) when robots take over the planet?… Um, yes, actually.  Phew.  [San Francisco Chronicle]

• The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether Christian Legal Society at University of California’s Hastings College of the Law “violated the constitutional rights of a Christian group by denying it recognition as an official campus organization because it excludes gays and lesbians.” It could become the ultimate grudge match between anti-discrimination policies and religious freedoms.  A case for Marc Randazza perhaps?  Regardless, it’s interesting how this occurs amidst the blogosphere’s debate over a hiring lawyer’s question for a New York Times advice columnist: “Is it ethical to recommend rejection of members of the Federalist Society simply because you disagree with their conservative politics?” [Los Angeles Times | ABA Journal]

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