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Comma chameleon (access required)

In what could be viewed as a victory for the humble Oxford comma, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this month ruled in favor of a group of dairy drivers in Maine seeking overtime pay. The Oxford comma refers ...

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Pants on fire (access required)

The other day in Miami, a criminal defense lawyer was starting his closing argument when his trousers began smoking, then burst into flames. He was defending an arson case. Stephen Gutierrez ran out of the courtroom, then returned to finish ...

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Stuck in the middle with you (access required)

North Carolina is a middling state, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The rankings giant has the Tar Heel State in the 25th position on its new list of the best states based on crime and corrections, economy, ...

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What if I told you…

At halftime of the Feb. 28 basketball game between Duke and North Carolina, Michael Jordan announced that beginning next year, UNC’s football team will outfit itself in uniforms bearing his Jumpman logo. For the 2017 squad, he proclaimed, the sky’s ...

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Zhou, you speak English? (access required)

A defendant named Heng Zhou has failed to convince the North Carolina Court of Appeals to overturn a trial judge’s contempt finding, after arguing that he doesn’t speak English and should not be expected to comply with court orders he ...

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$2K for missing deadline (access required)

Most federal judges don’t play when it comes to deadlines. Just ask Charlotte lawyer Carrie O’Brien, who earlier this month was hit with a $2,000 sanction for apparently failing to comply with U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen’s scheduling order in ...

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