WASHINGTON—Under the provisions of a bill approved by Congress and
signed into law Tuesday, every 25-year-old American, regardless of
prior life commitments, is now legally obligated to enroll in a full
year of study at one of the nation's accredited law schools. "This new
measure gives us the means to compel 25-year-olds to simultaneously
placate their parents, impress their friends with complex-sounding
legal jargon, and effectively avoid any real-world responsibilities for
another full year," said Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN). "We can think of no
better way for our young people to squander their postcollegiate
aimlessness." Congress is reportedly seeking further legislation that
would provide for an additional nine months of grumbling over LSAT
prep, and up to five years of whining about paying off student loan
Via Lowering the Bar comes some entertaining voir dire responses occurring during the recent R. Kelly trial in Chicago, as described in a Chicago Tribune article:
Suggesting (especially given the facts of the R. Kelly case) that the age of consent should be lowered to puberty, as "nature" intended;
Pausing for a sufficiently long period of time after being asked if you could give the defendant a fair trial;
Praising the defendant, such as by calling him a "musical genius." (Asked to come up with something negative about R., this potential juror could only say, "Um, he and Jay-Z don't get along?")
Stating, in what was called a "perfectly worded response," that "I believe Mr. Kelly is guilty of the charges due to what I have read in the papers, and the fact that he was indicted by the grand jury further validates my beliefs." Not coincidentally, this potential juror is a legal secretary.
Best: combining the suggestion that you would never convict with a reference to 9-11: "R. Kelly may have led the Taliban in attacking us on 9-11, but you can't prove it." Well, I could if I had it on film, I think.
The following excerpt from Michael R. Miller of Belton, who represented the respondent in this hearing before Judge Rick Morris (146th District Court). Michael White of Temple represented the petitioner.
Q. How tall are you?
A. Six foot five. When I'm in a good mood. It goes lower as my mood goes down.
Eric Turkewitz of the New York attorney Personal Injury Law blog was the first attorney blogger to take notice of the blog and was also the first to note the danger of maintaining a "live" blog regarding a pending trial. And, guess what? He was right.
My favorite part from the article on the trial:
As (the) Ivy League-educated pediatrician...sat on the stand in Suffolk Superior Court this month, defending himself in a malpractice suit involving the death of a 12-year-old patient, the opposing counsel startled him with a question.
Was (he) Flea?...With the jury looking on in puzzlement, (he) admitted that he was, in fact, Flea.
The next morning, on May 15, he agreed to pay what members of Boston's tight-knit legal community describe as a substantial settlement -- case closed.
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