Bitter News, 3-25-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as reliable as Shai LaBeouf’s stock tips—“The BL Bump”:

• WWJD in TX?  What if Jesus were sentenced under Texas law?  Have you ever thought of that?  YOU MEAN YOU HAVEN’T THOUGHT ABOUT THAT?  Baylor Law School professor Mark Osler had a hankering to determine if Jesus would have still been executed had he faced a jury of his modern-day, Baptist peers.  He even wrote a book about it.  Is it enough to make you empathize with the mob who cried out for Christ’s execution?  What if Pontius Pilot got a call at the last minute that there was maybe still some DNA evidence to consider?  It’s a very interesting interview wrapped up in a crown of thorns. 

[Texas Death Penalty Blog @ The Dallas Morning News]

• Jesus makes the perfect segue into this story.  (Thank you, Jesus.) The U.S. Supreme Court halted the Texas execution of convicted murderer Henry Skinner until there’s a review of an appellate court’s decision to deny a civil rights claim for DNA testing.  [Houston Chronicle]

• The inaugural class at Univ. of California, Irvine School of Law—AKA the new Harvard—AKA the hot, new startup—has some news to share: They all have jobs this summer.  And they’re all working in law—not at, like, Maggiano’s.  The school was practically the Oprah of summer placementAnd you get a legal job!  And you get a legal job!  And you get a legal job! [Above the Law]

• Lawyers are converging in a San Diego federal courtroom today where a panel of judges are hearing arguments about whether to consolidate 100-someodd lawsuits filed against Toyota.  In the crowd will be lawyers like Mark.  And Mark.  Oh, and Mark.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Seaton Hall has a men’s basketball coaching job available.  But if you wanna be coach, you gotta get through Law School dean Patrick Hobbs first.  [NJ.com]

• Getting your J.D. in two years is impressive and all, but now we may have family doctors with an M.D. degree in three years.  Just in time for the new health-care bill to take effect.  Suck on that.  [USA Today]

• You don’t have to work at TMZ to have your ailing mental health allegedly spat on.  A former secretary at Davis Wright Tremaine is suing the firm for firing her after she suffered two panic attacks after her workload was unbearably increased.  She had been supporting three attorneys, but due to 11 other secretaries being laid off, a fourth was added, which broke the camel’s back.  We’ve written our fair share about support staff—but we never like to see them break like a camel.  [The Am Law Daily]

• Listen up, 1Ls: This is the truth about cats and dogs the truth about how BigLaw hires.  [Law Vibe]

• High you doin’, California?  An initiative to legalize marijuana and allow it to be sold and taxed will appear on the November ballot.  Or as CNN says, they’ll vote on “legal weed.” [Los Angeles Times]

• “Students at Brooklyn Law School were in for a treat Tuesday when Chris Noth and Julianna Margulies filmed The Good Wife on campus.” Producers baited law students with tables of sundries in an effort to make them extras on the show.  We interviewed the show’s executive producers, Robert and Michelle King, back in January—and they didn’t offer us crap.  A muffin would have been nice.  [New York Daily News]

• Sad news—and an even sadder delivery method: Dennis Hopper’s divorce lawyer, Joe Mannis, revealed in court papers that the cancer-stricken actor is too sick to give a deposition.  The Easy Rider has been battling prostate cancer while trying to end his nearly 14-year marriage.  [AP via Washington Examiner]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as reliable as Shai LaBeouf’s stock tips—“The BL Bump”:

• WWJD in TX?  What if Jesus were sentenced under Texas law?  Have you ever thought of that?  YOU MEAN YOU HAVEN’T THOUGHT ABOUT THAT?  Baylor Law School professor Mark Osler had a hankering to determine if Jesus would have still been executed if he had faced a jury of his modern-day, Baptist peers.  He even wrote a book about it.  Is it enough to make you empathize with the mob who cried out for Christ’s execution?  What if Pontius Pilot got a call at the last minute that there was maybe still some DNA evidence to consider?  It’s a very interesting interview wrapped up in a crown of thorns. 

[Texas Death Penalty Blog @ The Dallas Morning News]

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1 Comment

  1. Friend

    March 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Great news, a lot to absorb with feelings running high to very low

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