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Life of a Law Student, University of Houston Law Center

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Fun with AR-15s


We likes are pseudo-machine guns here in Texas. Reading Staples v. United States got me to thinking about how much fun we had with one of those a few years ago at the lake house – of the non-automatic variety, of course.

A new form of alternative dispute resolution

CNN Money: Acrimonious attorneys told to settle dispute by playing a round of ‘rock, paper, scissors.’

Language and the Law

The language of lawyers is furtile ground for hilarious euphemisms, none more so that in criminal law. Reading People v. Beardsley today yielded “houses of assignation” aka “brothel”. Using “Assignation” to indicate sex is achingly lawyerly, as it connotes a transaction or occurrence, or even worse, an allotment or apportionment. I can almost see them drawing up the contract…

Country Songs to Illustrate Crim Law Concepts

saq104 made the country song connection all too apparent in a recent post and I couldn’t help but notice that country songs seem to make excellent illustrations of criminal law concepts. Case in point – I can think of no better illustration of the question of actus reas and the impact of incapacitation by alcohol or drugs than Kevin Blackie Farrell’s, Sonora’s Death Row (lyrics).

NB-the discovery that this song has it’s own wikipedia entry is bordering on a religious experience for me right now. Oh, how I ♥ you internet. I haven’t been able to find an mp3 of this yet, but I highly recommend either Robert Earl Keen’s version or Richard Shindell’s.

Rappaport on legal implications of death of Ken Lay

Jurist: No Redemption Now: Thoughts on the Death of Ken Lay

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