Bitter News, 2-9-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as unfortunate as Olympic “Snowmageddon”:

• You’re dying to know.  Here are the most-wanted law schools in terms of each program’s sign-of-the-times surge in law school applications.  Cornell is obviously (and randomly) number one, with their apps spike of 52% more than last year.  Who trails them?  Not sure these numbers really seem right.  But what does it matter?  Law school is a waste unless it’s a top-70 program anyway.  Go Wildcats!  [Business Insider]

• Believe it or not, Haiti actually does have laws.  So you can’t just jaunt off with babies.  Even though, dang nabit, those missionaries really acted with “heart” and true American gumption.  [USA Today]

• Mayor Bloomberg wants the federal government to guarantee that it will cover the costs of bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspected 9/11 plotters to justice in New York City, for which security has been estimated to run $200 million a year.  It ain’t cheap to find justice in the concrete jungle wear dreams are made of.  [Washington Post]

• Everything happens for a reason, right?  And without serving a decade in prison for five bank robberies, Shon R. Hopwood would have never found out that he’s a star lawyer.  “Mr. Hopwood spent much of that time in the prison law library, and it turned out he was better at understanding the law than breaking it. He transformed himself into something rare at the top levels of the American bar, and unheard of behind bars — an accomplished Supreme Court practitioner.” Feel-good story of the year. 

[The New York Times]

• The legal jiggles and ass-slaps happening over at Playboy:

—“Douche of the Decade” Joe Francis lost his defamation suit against a Playboy model.  [LA Daily]

—The owner of 177,000 shares of Playboy stock “filed a class action accusing Hugh Hefner of rejecting two good offers for the company because of ‘Hefner’s insistence of maintaining the lifestyle to which he has grown accustomed.’” [Courthouse News]

• Mobile, Alabama.  One man.  One mug shot face.  97 arrests.  [BL1Y.com]

• The N.C.A.A. failed to get a lawsuit dismissed brought by a former UCLA basketball star, Ed O’Bannon, who thinks former athletes should be compensated for the use of their images and likenesses in television advertisements, video games and on apparel.  “‘This is a truly historic day — to our knowledge, no one has ever gotten behind the scenes to examine how student-athletes’ current and future rights in their images are divided up and sold,’ said Jon T. King of Hausfeld LLP, one of the lead lawyers representing O’Bannon.” [The New York Times]

• Take my kids.  Please!  Jon Gosselin is reportedly willing to trade back the right to film his kids in exchange for TLC agreeing to drop its breach of contract lawsuit, which he can’t afford to defend himself against.  [Reality TV World]

• “A 37-year-old alleged ‘serial cat killer’ was let go today after a Manhattan Supreme Court judge signed off on a no-jail plea deal. Sean Lynde had been charged with murdering five of his ex-girlfriend’s cats from October 2008 to January 2009 while they were living in her West Side apartment.” Okay, once he killed the second cat, wouldn’t you clue in to a possible pattern?  Shockingly, his girlfriend still has a living dog after her five cats were killed.  She had five cats and a dog in a Manhattan apartment.  Hello?  [New York Magazine]

• A former NYU student is suing his alma mater for his MBA, which was revoked following his conviction in a “crooked stock scheme.” As if he’s possibly the first NYU MBA to be involved with something crooked.  [New York Post]

• When Sarah Palin drops, “We need a Commander in Chief, not a professor of law standing at the lectern,” what the hell does that even mean?  [Althouse]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as unfortunate as Olympic “Snowmageddon”:

• You’re dying to know.  Here are the most-wanted law schools in terms of each program’s sign-of-the-times surge in law school applications.  Cornell is obviously (and randomly) number one, with their apps spike of 52% more than last year.  Who trails them?  Not sure these numbers really seem right.  But what does it matter?  Law school is a waste unless it’s a top-70 program anyway.  Go Wildcats!  [Business Insider]

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1 Comment

  1. Snow angel

    February 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Give them hell Sarah, someone has to stir the pot in Wash.  Hard to believe some of these people are law grads from some of those top tier schools.

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