Thursday, October 30, 2008

Someone Needs To Tell Kennedy That Being A Lawyer Isn't THAT Cool

"The Act's obligations are less harsh than the sanctions of occupational disbarment, which we have held to be nonpunitive." Smith v. Doe, 538 U.S. 84, 100 (2002).

That's Justice Anthony Kennedy stating that, in his opinion, being disbared is worse than being labeled a registered sex offender for the rest of your life.

Justice David Souter responded with a "are you fucking kidding me?"

"I seriously doubt that the Act's requirements are 'less harsh than the sanctions of occupational disbarment' . . . . " Id. at 109 (Souter, J., concurring).

Ya think?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Only in California

California is special. In what other state could a KeyCite yield both a case where an attorney sought an injunction on further investigation into her client because it caused her stress and disrupted her business (Roberts v. L.A. City Fire Dept., No. B141143, 2002 WL 265888 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 26, 2002)) and a case where a man who wanted to be cryogenically frozen sought to preemptively enjoin manslaughter charges against the people who were to perform the procedure (Donaldson v. Lungren, 4 Cal. Rptr. 2d. 59 (Ct. App. 1992))?

I challenge you to name another such state.

Wait, there's more!
"[T]he trial court held an evidentiary hearing on the motion for issuance of a preliminary injunction and received a stipulation from all the parties that the court might view a performance of a [nude] female dancer on one of the plaintiffs' places of business before ruling on the matter." Pitchess v. Superior Court, 83 Cal. Rptr. 35, 37 (Ct. App. 1969).

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Strange Happenings

It always feels weird when I read an opinion by Clarence Thomas and agree. Of course maybe the weird feeling comes just fromreading something written by Thomas, since that's a pretty strange occurrance in itself.

But seriously, it's kind of like that time I noted in my Criminal Procedure textbook next to a Scalia opinion--"Nino, you're so hot right now."

Otherworldly, indeed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stupid Hollywood

So, on Columbus Day I went to see "The Duchess" with one of my friends. The movie purports to be the story of Georgiana (Spencer) Cavendish, the Fifth Duchess of Devonshire. The movie was okay, and since I love British history I later bought a biography of Georgiana's sister Harriet.

I really like the book ("Privilege & Scandal" by Janet Gleeson if you're interested). Harrier had a pretty interesting life, too, and by all accounts she and her sister were close. BUT THERE IS NO MENTION OF HARRIET IN THE MOVIE! I don't get that. And the movie led viewers astray on all sorts of other things. These omissions and alterations didn't add anything the story, so why not just tell the truth? Fact is usually more interesting than fiction anyway.

By the way, it is amazing how much historians have learned from reading letters people wrote to each other, and how candid they were in them. Telephones and email have ruined that, sadly

The Weakness In Me

I'm writing this from my new iPhone! How cool is that?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Could someone please explain to me why, with one of the most historic elections looming near, with the global financial crisis, with all the other pressing things going on in our world, why has the Today Show covered the Madonna-Guy Ritchie divorce like a trashy British tabloid?



Sorry, the frustration got the best of me.

Daniel Craig has a new James Bond movie coming out in less than a month!!!! If they're going to cover an entertainment story, cover that. Give us something to smile/lust about in this economy. Hearing about how Guy Ritchie just got his ticket to the big time bucks doesn't make me feel too hot.

Side note—WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH MADONNA THAT SHE DIDN'T MAKE HIM SIGN A PRE-NUP? GOOD GOD, PEOPLE! EVERYONE NEEDS A PRE-NUP! Seriously, pre-nups are my new skin cancer, for those of you that know me well.

Party Time

In honor of my sissy's birthday, I've decided to have an election party. (Haha, it's not for her birthday, it's for the election. But, crap, I have to get her a present...)

All who are blue of heart and in the area are invited. If you are of a red state of mind you can come, too, but some fights might bust out by the end of the night, because someone is bound to be disappointed. That is, unless we have a repeat of 2000!!! How awesome would that be? By all appearances, Florida is fucking it up again, so you never know!

(Just kidding. If this isn't over by the 4th I will kill myself.)

TV Land

I was watching CSI: Miami last night—don't judge me—and I got pretty pissed at the writers' blatant disregard for the Fourth Amendment. I mean, COME ON. These people are supposed to be intelligent law enforcement professionals and they just bust through a locked bedroom door with the consent of the roommate? WTF?

Of course, I learned long ago the in Miami, little things like the Fifth and Sixth Amendment don't exist. Seriously, when was the last time one of the suspects invoked their rights to silence or counsel?

Claim to Fame

The former governor of my state touched me today. Yeah, that's right. I'm that cool.

How sad is it that that is the only think I can think of to blog about?

(We rode on the elevator together, in case you were wondering, and the touching was incidental.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Public Apology

To anyone who ever made fun of me for supporting country music (here's looking at you, Jen) I now offer a sincere public apology.

Everyone has their breaking point. This was mine. Oh my holy God.

Stupid Radio People

I got soooo mad listening to the radio on the way to work this morning. The stupid redneck DJs were actually speculating about whether or not Barack Obama was born in the United States. The woman DJ said something like "well if you have to be born in the U.S. to be president then he was born in the U.S." But then the stupid mad said something like "but that doesn't mean you can't run for the presidency if you weren't born in the U.S." Then he said, "wouldn't that be cool if it turned out that we were the first to think of this and we stumbled onto something here?"

Seriously? Really?

How about before you go on the air and display your ignorance, you do some fact-checking. Then you'd discover that Obama is not the presidential candidate who was born outside of the 50 states. Obama was born in Hawaii. McCain was born in the Canal Zone in Panama.

Maybe I am being too sensitive, but I thought there was a racial undertone to the whole thing. I know that Obama had a Kenyan father and lived in Indonesia for a while, but why did they assume that he was trying to pull a fast one on us? They didn't question the same about McCain,* which is interesting considering that he actually wasn't born in the physical states.

*Actually, I tuned into the station in the middle of the topic, so I suppose there is a chance that the whole thing started because they were talking about how McCain was born in Panama, but I doubt it from the tone of the conversation.

Geez Louise!

My goodness, logging into Blogger was like trying to get into Fort Knox! Apparently my Google account had been deactivated since I hadn't logged into the email for a while, which is kind of weird considering I never check that email. I only have it so I can be super anonymous on my blog! Oh well. I'm back, bitches!

Sorry for the prolonged absence. I finally put on my big girl pants and moved out of my parents house. Turns out you have to pay for the Internet! What the?! Just kidding, I knew that, but I'm also super cheap. So I have no Internet access at my current residence, and I'm determined not to succumb because if I break down and get Internet at home then my mail rationale for eventually getting an iPhone will disappear, if you get my drift.