Bitter News, 4-30-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that are just another example of unintentional porn:

• “Making fun of misbehaving lawyers is great sport, but it is rare that I learn of misbehaving lawyers from anyone other than another lawyer who is offended.” Offended…or possibly bitter?  After an article he wrote calling lawyers “coddled,” Rick Casey follows up with further support of his coddled opinion.  “It’s entertaining to hear a lawyer worrying about frivolous lawsuits. You’d think he was a doctor.” [Houston Chronicle]

• DLA Piper is piping a little jig in England.  The firm “accused of sacking a partner because she was pregnant was cleared of sexual discrimination yesterday.” The ‘old boy’s club’ claim didn’t hold up.  [Daily Mail]

• Brush off those dampened spirits from layoffs and a tanking economy with a law firm retreat.  They accomplish many wonderful purposes.  They’re a practical management tool—and help everyone get liquored up for free and laid by a fellow co-worker.  [The Legal Intelligencer]

• In kinda-cool news: Baylor Law alum and hot-hot-hot feature film director John Lee Hancock will speak at the law school’s commencement on May 1 when he will possibly discuss how a law degree is so versatile that he was able to use all his learned analytical skills to become the man behind The Blind Side, The Rookie and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  [The Lariat]

• Is “Harvard” just a hoity, elitist, New England word for “racist breeding ground?” HLS grad and NY lawyer Diane Lucas explores the idea.  [Feministe]

• Not sure what’s going on at Harvard, but ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm says that “lawyers need to adapt their practices and acquire new cultural understandings to adjust to law in the 21st Century.” Happy Law Day!  [ABA Journal]

• I don’t understand.  We’re Dechert.  And we explained everything.  In detail.  Over 8,000 pages.  But we still lost??  Perfect eulogy: “Seldom have so many trees died for so little.” [Law Shucks]

• Looks like someone maybe did a little dance, made a little love and got down quite a few nights with MINOR BOYS.  After his arrest in March, Richard Finch, a member of the 70s disco group KC & the Sunshine Band, is facing an indictment on 16 sex charges involving a bunch of male juveniles.  Feeling sorry for him?  Donate to his legal defense fund[CNN]

• Less famously, it didn’t even take two hours for a jury to not buy an on-trial lawyer’s defense that he was set up by his secretary and convict Randy Brackin of 11 child pornography possession.  [Dothan Eagle]

• The upstanding citizen who was the finder of the lost iPhone 4G prototype is, per his lawyer, kicking himself for his mistake of selling it to a Gizmodo editor for $5K—because he got caught, Apple is going apeshit and this story is blowing up.  (Though he was probably just going to donate the money to his fundraising efforts for medical care to orphans in Kenya anyway.) Let’s take a short look at Apple’s line of aggressive legal action ferreting.  [CNET]

• Is the jury un-stuck?  Youbetcha.  Was the case comparable to Watergate?  Dontcha know it was.  A federal jury convicted David Kernell of two charges for hacking Sarah Palin’s e-mail account while she was the vice presidential candidate and he was a Tennessee college student.  [USA Today]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that are just another example of unintentional porn:

• “Making fun of misbehaving lawyers is great sport, but it is rare that I learn of misbehaving lawyers from anyone other than another lawyer who is offended.” Offended…or possibly bitter?  After an article he wrote calling lawyers “coddled,” Rick Casey follows up with further support of his coddled opinion.  “It’s entertaining to hear a lawyer worrying about frivolous lawsuits. You’d think he was a doctor.” [Houston Chronicle]

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