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Portrait of a chief justice (access required)

Retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Exum was closely acquainted with the life-size portrait that was unveiled in his honor earlier this month – and not just because it depicted his visage. The painting had been hanging on a ...

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Where we’re going, we need lawyers

Great Scott! “Back to the Future” is now officially Back to Past. Recently the world celebrated Oct. 21, 2015—the then-futuristic date that Marty McFly travels to in the 1989 sci-fi classic “Back to the Future Part II.” The occasion gave ...

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Chalk one up for InfiLaw (access required)

The oft-criticized InfiLaw System, corporate purveyor of bottom-tier legal education for debt-ridden students, doesn’t get many wins. But the pariah of academia recently scored a victory against a group of its own disenchanted alumni. The grads alleged in a federal ...

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Got y’all’s goat (access required)

We have all heard lawyers referred to as bloodsuckers before, but not so much in a literal sense. But here it is, Halloween on the horizon, and one Florida attorney has given us here at Sidebar some fodder, taking the ...

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You’ll shoot your eye out (access required)

The Minnesota Court of Appeals decided last week that a BB gun is a firearm for purposes of Minn. Stat. sec. 609.165, subd. 2, subd. 1b(a), which — you guessed it — prohibits ineligible persons from possessing a firearm. At ...

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They Said It (access required)

“We made a mess of it.” Plaintiff’s counsel’s candid remark about the procedural posture of Khaja v. Husna during the divorce hearing. This was one of several quotes that Court of Appeals Judge Donna Stroud took from the 3,500-page record ...

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Monkey business (access required)

From the “End of Days” files: A grinning monkey that is better at taking selfies than most Homo sapiens wants a federal judge to rule that he can copyright his photos. Technically, an attorney with People for the Ethical Treatment ...

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Boston beef (access required)

Former Boston axeman Barry Goudreau must be feelin’ pretty satisfied right about now. Our sister paper to the north, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, recently reported that Goudreau fended off the bulk of the trademark infringement claims that Boston rock band founder ...

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YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH! (access required)

After reading a recent report regarding a Texas capital murder trial, Sidebar has to wonder whether images of Col. Nathan R. Jessup testifying in “A Few Good Men” crossed the mind of Judge Jack Skeen as he told the defendant ...

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