Bitter News, 3-12-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom reminding you that alcohol and signs don’t mix:

• Anna Ayala, the chick who tried to scam Wendy’s by claiming to find a finger in her chili, is profiled and talking to CBS about serving four years in prison—“one year for every remaining finger and opposable thumb on the harvested hand of Brian Rossiter, who was paid $100 for the severed digit that ended up in a Wendy’s chili container”—after pleading guilty to a case that had six dedicated investigators and cost the fast food chain $21 million in lost business.  She’s now permanently banned from Wendy’s, “so she’ll miss out on the Baconator.” [Overlawyered]

• Who is Judge Judith Kaye?  She’s a former New York chief judge who’s been tapped to lead two investigations into Gov. Paterson. “Dear Mother of Justice.” [New York Post | Fox News]

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• Judge Thomas Porteous has the enviable distinction of being the 15th judge ever impeached by the House of Representatives.  It will take a two-thirds Senate vote to remove Porteous, who is accused of “taking money, expensive meals and other gifts from lawyers and a bail bond company with business before him and making false statements in a personal bankruptcy filing.” Don’t worry though, he’ll still be collecting his $174,000 federal judicial salary.  Impeachment is so cush.  [NOLA.com]

• “The scholarly impact of law faculties.” Too bad I can only compute that if you put it into rankings form to incite competition and intrigue.  Oh, thank God. Here are the ten law schools that rank at the top of the category, which is featured in a new study.  Are you sitting down?  Yale wins.  [Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports]

• “Under God” invokes patriotism, not religious faith.  “Under cover” invokes the best cop movies EVER.  [San Francisco Chronicle]

• What do McGuireWoods and Tiger Woods have in common?  They both have a hot, Swedish, blond twin who are pissed at the star golfer.  [The Am Law Daily]

• Video chatting on airplanes.  You might want to be “that guy” who talks to his wife and kids from 36,000 feet, but is it even legal?  And if it is, can we just say it isn’t?  [John Battelle’s Searchblog]

• “[T]he Ninth Circuit upheld Nevada’s restrictions on advertising legal prostitution.” So what the hell are you supposed to do to find a hooker in that damn state?  Just walk down the Vegas strip and hope that someone hands you a card with a for-hire’s photo, name and number on it?  [Volokh Conspiracy]

• Postponing the inevitable.  “Blagojevich’s attorneys also said that despite working seven days a week, they can’t be ready by that date because it’s not enough time to adequately prepare for the complex case and possible six-month trial.” So they asked a federal judge Thursday to postpone his corruption trial from June to November.  [Associated Press]

• And we thought BL1Y was the biggest NYU Law grad getting his blog on.  Well, maybe he’s just the biggest one to go rouge.  The program has it’s own blog now, and all be damned—these 1Ls and 2Ls are total cards.  (Not so much.) [Life at NYU Law]

• Most of Wal-Mart’s top-rated citizens don’t deal with their legal problems.  At least I think that’s what this is all about.  A Sidley Austin visiting professor at Harvard “takes aim at the legal industry’s guild system.” [WSJ Law Blog]

• What happened to the big-ass pity party, HARVARD?  Now Harvard is saying that its law students will all survive the job hunt.  [The Crimson]

• Celebu-Law Lawsuits Edition:

—An Esquire report may back up Lindsay Lohan’s $100 million E*Trade lawsuit.  [Newsday]

—The scandalous harassment lawsuit against “the new star Republican Senator” Scott Brown.  [Gawker]

—Pink Floyd won a battle with EMI over the sale of their prog-rock anthems.  [Guardian]

—A model pictured in the Vince Vaughn comedy Couples Retreat claims the movie “was a vehicle for her image to be turned into a sex ‘soft core porn’ prop in a $10 million defamation lawsuit she filed today in New York.” [Monsters and Critics]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom reminding you that alcohol and signs don’t mix:

• Anna Ayala, the chick who tried to scam Wendy’s by claiming to find a finger in her chili, is profiled and talking to CBS about serving four years in prison—“one year for every remaining finger and opposable thumb on the harvested hand of Brian Rossiter, who was paid $100 for the severed digit that ended up in a Wendy’s chili container”—after pleading guilty to a case that had six dedicated investigators and cost the fast food chain $21 million in lost business.  She’s now permanently banned from Wendy’s, “so she’ll miss out on the Baconator.” [Overlawyered]

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1 Comment

  1. Friend

    March 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    How do you find the tine to obtain this info?

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