Bitter News, 5-25-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that did NOT mutilate and kill your cat, but our pit bull did:

• One of our favorite blogs is Ugliest Tattoos (see example below).  And you can’t be featured on that site if you don’t get genius inked art needled onto your body.  And you can’t get genius inked art needled onto your body just anywhere in America unless you challenge The Man to a Fight Club-style legal brawl over city ordinances banning tattoo parlors claiming the laws violate your First Amendment right to free speech.  And tack on for free speech to apply to T-shirts while you’re at it please.  [WSJ Law Blog]

News continued below regrettable tattoo.


• When the looming release of Sex and the City 2 bums you out and makes you feel more like Elena Kagan in Sex and the Single Lawyer than Carrie Bradshaw on a camel, here’s another kick in the pants: “Ms. Kagan received two letter grades at the end of her first semester — and they were the worst of her law school career: a B in criminal law and a B-minus in torts.” Wow.  That’s big news (not Mr. Big news).  [The New York Times]

• As Harvard Law kicks off its “Think Big” lecture, the country’s #2 law school is being called out not for sending out masses of unemployed grads but for creating small, “manufactured, low-paying law jobs” to pacify new lawyers.  [Law And More]

• Have you been coasting through life at a sixth-grade reading level?  Then there’s a new legal thriller for you!  John Grisham’s new novel about a man who’s on trial for strangling his wife is written for kids between the ages 8 and 12.  Who’s the new Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer fan?  You are.  (Well, on second thought, probably not you, if you’re actually reading this.) [USA Today]

• It’s all fun and games til someone cries rape…I think?  Bitter Lawyer interviewee, sex columnist and former Moscow-based Allan & Overy associate Deidre Dare stirred up some controversy yesterday that involves the line “it is ‘natural for men to rape and beat women.’” [Above the Law]

• “After a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge sent him to jail indefinitely for contempt of court last year, veteran attorney Richard Fine vowed to take his case all the way to the nation’s highest court.” And that sounds quite brave and respectable.  But what happens when the Supreme Court declines to hear it?  Because they just did.  Plan B STAT!  [Los Angeles Times]

• New lawyer/law school honor student John Kay had his “$160,000-a-year job that a big Los Angeles firm offered him when he was in school” slip through his fingers, and sadly, he’s just the poster child for a whole population of qualified, out-of-work recent law grads.  [StarTribune.com]

• Hope is lost for lost-at-sea lawyer.  [Los Angeles Times]

• Speaking of losing, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s defense lawyer is a little bummed out today because he lost.  And his client went straight to jail for one to five years for not paying $1 million is restitution.  The defense’s defense?  The prosecutor’s office was not interested in restitution, but aimed to “destroy one human being because they didn’t like him.” (Video below.) [Detroit Free Press]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that did NOT mutilate and kill your cat, but our pit bull did:

• One of our favorite blogs is Ugliest Tattoos (see example below).  And you can’t be featured on that site if you don’t get genius inked art needled onto your body.  And you can’t get genius inked art needled onto your body just anywhere in America unless you challenge The Man to a Fight Club-style legal brawl over city ordinances banning tattoo parlors claiming the laws violate your First Amendment right to free speech.  And tack on for free speech to apply to T-shirts while you’re at it please.  Thanks.  [WSJ Law Blog]

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