Bitter News, 3-26-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as apologetic as you’d be for having “negro” on the Census form:

• Rangers pitcher and “renaissance man” Darren O’Day scored sky high on the LSAT and MCAT, but his low ERA keeps him in the game.  He studied a few hours in a bar he was working in before taking the LSAT, but trix like “reading books and writing memos” is for kids.  [MLB.com]

• And while the Census may be battling a racial issue, so is a little St. Louis suburb.  Claiming he was fired for not going with the racist flow, Larry White (there’s always an ironic name associated with stories like these), former police chief of the posh suburb of Ladue, filed a lawsuit because he got canned for standing up to pressure to “pull over blacks and set ticket quotas for out-of-towners, but be lenient with the town’s residents, even those who drove drunk.” It’s like verse two of a Jay-Z song come to life.  I got 99 problems, and the Ladue police are one.  [AP via STLToday.com]

• The hardest, toughest job in Washington: Grrr—dying to make an off-color joke here, but apparently the real answer may be White House Counsel.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Texas’ $5-per-visit strip club “pole tax.” Why continue with commentary when you’ve already clicked over?  [The Am Law Daily]

• This is a whole different kind of “sin tax.” It looks like one lawyer may be successful in finding ways around the statue of limitations for alleged victims of sex abuse by Catholic clergy.  However, religious officials are being compared to the Nazi regime for what some are considering to be “crimes against humanity.” Which means trying them in international court?  [Law And More]

• If you’re having sex with a lawyer, there ought to be a post-sex gag rule.  [PhilaLawyer]

• Let’s talk about something not fun now.  Police determined that a missing lawyer who turned up dead in golf course pond staged his suicide to look like a murder.  But the biggest missing link (relax, not a golf course pun) remains “Why?” [AP via Law.com]

• Don’tcha know: The Minnesota House of Representatives “recently killed a bill that would have prohibited government employees from staying at hotels that offer pornography on their in-room televisions when on official business.” Cause if that would’ve happened, some associates would end up in the wood chipper.  (I know for darn tootin’ that Fargo is not in Minnesota, but play along please.) [Legal Satyricon]

• Don’t listen to your high school guidance counselors, ladies.  It’s okay for women to be lawyers.  Even in Wyoming.  [Billings Gazette]

• It’s amazing how snoozy and uninteresting this Toyota debacle has become already.  It’s like listening to 2009’s number-one song (and there’s debate over whether it’s a Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas or Lady Gaga song, btw) on repeat.  But it continues to be a serious issue—and one that lawyers can make a lot of money on—so what really happened at yesterday’s big meeting?  [The Am Law Daily]

• Start your weekend with a shot of Captain.  Captain Obvious, that is.  “Nearly 75 percent [of 30 practicing lawyers, academics, in-house counsel and CEOs interviewed] agreed that whether beneficial or not, the profession is experiencing a sweeping evolution that will be marked by permanent changes to billing structures, firm organization and value and efficiency expectations from clients.” [ABA Journal]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as apologetic as you’d be for having “negro” on the Census form:

• Rangers pitcher and “renaissance man” Darren O’Day scored sky high on the LSAT and MCAT, but his low ERA keeps him in the game.  He studied a few hours in a bar he was working in before taking the LSAT, but trix like “reading books and writing memos” is for kids.  [MLB.com]

• And while the Census may be battling a racial issue, so is a little St. Louis suburb.  Claiming he was fired for not going with the racist flow, Larry White (there’s always an ironic name associated with stories like these), former police chief of the posh suburb of Ladue, filed a lawsuit because he got canned for standing up to pressure to “pull over blacks

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