First We Kill All the Lawyers

The Courthouse Security Kabuki Dance I’m no stranger to courthouses. About three times a week, more or less, I submit to the ritual security screening that protects our citizens while exercising their right of access to the courts. (In reality, only the judges are protected, because everyone else is vulnerable to threats of all kinds […]

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What will Justice Kagan wear? The famous David Lat points to a Slate article asking whether the newly-confirmed Justice Kagan will wear the frilly “jabot” neckpiece favored by other female justices O’Connor and Ginsburg, or if she’ll go the route Justice Sotomayor has taken and just pick discreet necklines under the robes. Did you know […]

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Once in a very great while, a lawyer gets to be part of something amazing. Last week, I got my turn, when I saw a judge take a complete 180-degree reversal of himself and throw out his own order granting a foreclosure sale, and pronounce his deep-rooted concern that many of the foreclosures granted by […]

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Yesterday afternoon, sometime between 3 and 4pm, I tried to pull up the Florida Bar website, which was working fine – albeit with its usual lack of speed – earlier in the day. What came up was a typical domain-squatter page that you’ve seen on any domain that was once used but let go by […]

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The First Amendment does not permit laws that force speakers to retain a campaign finance attorney, conduct demographic marketing research, or seek declaratory rulings before discussing the most salient political issues of our day. Citizens United v. FEC 558 U. S. — (2010) [PDF] The Supreme Court’s decision striking many of the regulations of McCain-Feingold […]

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Note: this is not legal advice. This is my opinion, nothing more. If you want legal advice, hire a lawyer. Update July 16, 2010 – I’ve said all along that actual incorporation of code makes “the work is probably derivative, and the GPL probably applies.” With that in mind, please go read Andrew Nacin’s post […]

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Update Please check out the companion piece to this article, Why the GPL/Derivative Work debate doesn’t matter for WordPress themes July 16, 2010 – I’ve said all along that actual incorporation of code makes “the work is probably derivative, and the GPL probably applies.” With that in mind, please go read Andrew Nacin’s post about […]

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I knew that WordPress itself was covered by the GPL. What I didn’t know was that themes, even commercial themes, built to run on WordPress, also fall under the GPL, according to some GPL experts. In this vid, Matt Mullenweg talks about the benefits of the GPL at some length, even going so far as […]

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How has the legislature screwed Florida homeowners yet again? In what can only be called a blunder of colossal proportions, the Florida legislature has imposed new fees on Florida foreclosure defendants that make it all but impossible for them to fight back against lenders who commit fraud, ignore federal lending regulations, or commit any other […]

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