Bitter News, 3-30-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as American as a tramp stamp and Weapons of Ass Destruction:

• Even though people murmur and make mention of rumors that Justice Souter and Justice Sotomayor might, maybe, could be gay, America has never had an openly gay Supreme Court judge.  Could “America” even handle such a thing?  Well, the legal media is burning a lot of pixels today (here, here, here) on a non-event poll by Vaniety Fair that says 55% of people surveyed would support an openly gay Supreme Court justice.  Our generous country even says that 62% of them would support a gay Super Bowl quarterback.  Don’t even get us started on those Peyton Manning/Kenny Chesney rumors[WSJ Law Blog]

• Speaking of the Supreme Court and diversity, SCOTUS ruled against a man who contended that his Sixth Amendment rights were violated “because African-Americans were underrepresented in jury venires.” [ABA Journal]

• The in’s and permanent out’s of college basketball:

—Kevin Willard is the new Seton Hall men’s b-ball coach, getting law school dean’s OK.  [NorthJersey]

—Franklin Burgess, U.S. District judge and Gonzaga’s 1960 #1-scoring hooper in the U.S., passed.  [LAT]

• When attorney Jay Korn jumped to his death from his office roof last week, it was discovered that he may have been a mini-Madoff.  Three dozen people say they have lost about $11 million and have filed complaints in a new Ponzi scheme probe that just launched after he off-ed himself.  [New York Post]

• Associates at Latham & Watkins now get to use unlimited vacation days.  Jealous?  You shouldn’t be.  [Above the Law]

• Sometimes art—like Fox’s Glee—imitates real life.  “Representing a DeKalb chorus teacher who allegedly allowed male students to strip in front of their classmates and engage in sexual dance moves, the defense attorney offered a startling rationale: ‘That is customary and usual activity at Southwest DeKalb. This is what the kids do daily, weekly, monthly at Southwest DeKalb.’” [AJC.com]

• The debate over “the appropriate role for lawyers and the importance of a vigorous defense” has been a hot topic in the Liz Cheney/”Al Qaeda 7” dustup.  Here’s more backlash to the backlash of the backlash about the one-time BigLaw lawyers who did pro bono Gitmo defense work before becoming DOJ employees.  [The Am Law Daily]

• You finished bottom of your class at a T4 law school.  You blame it on how “isolated and alone” you felt in law school.  Your prospects are dismal.  Can even an LLM save you now?  [New York Law Journal]

• What’s that you say?  It’s time for Celebu-Law?  Holler.

—Kelsey Grammer ended a lawsuit by paying a $10 settlement.  [TMZ]

—Britney Spears met with K-Fed’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, for two hours.  [TwitterGlitter]

—LA Dodger’s owner Frank McCourt’s lawyer “clowned” about CA’s most expensive divorce[TMZ]



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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as American as a tramp stamp and Weapons of Ass Destruction:

• Even though people murmur and make mention of rumors that Justice Souter and Justice Sotomayor might, maybe, could be gay, America has never had an openly gay Supreme Court judge.  Could “America” even handle such a thing?  Well, the legal media is burning a lot of pixels today (here, here, here) on a non-event poll by Vaniety Fair that says 55% of people surveyed would support an openly gay Supreme Court justice.  Our generous country even says that 62% of them would support a gay Super Bowl quarterback.  Don’t even get us started on those Peyton Manning/Kenny Chesney rumors[WSJ Law Blog]

• Speaking of the Supreme Court and diversity, SCOTUS ruled against a man who contended that his Sixth Amendment rights were violated “because African-Americans were underrepresented in jury venires.” [ABA Journal]

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