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dangling by a thread [Nov. 28th, 2008|10:40 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

Pirating movies is illegal. Uploading movies to the internet is illegal.

This much I know.

If someone uploads a video to a website that allows for embedding, like any youtube video you might see on your friendslist, and you embed it...is that illegal?
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Got fat? Tough luck. [Nov. 10th, 2008|09:56 pm]
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In Ohio, your fat ass can't sue McDonald's if McDonald's caused your ass to get fat.

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(no subject) [Nov. 10th, 2008|11:40 am]
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Inspired by [info]evilgrins post: In Canada, killer awarded $6K over wrong shoes in prison.


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Frivolous lawsuits by inmates [Nov. 10th, 2008|09:13 am]
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[mood |indescribable]

  • America's jailbirds don't give up. Disappointed by the criminal justice system, this plucky lot still has faith in the civil side. Last year, the states spent $81 million defending what state attorneys general called frivolous lawsuits. Here are a few favourites:

    • A Virginia inmate tried to sue himself for $5 million on the grounds that he had gotten drunk and caused himself to violate his religious beliefs by committing a crime. Because he had no money, he wanted the state to pay the $5 million.

    • A convicted New York rapist sued the state, claiming he lost sleep and suffered headaches and chest pains after being given a "defective haircut" by an unqualified barber.

    • A Nevada inmate sued when he ordered two jars of chunky peanut butter at the Nevada State Prison canteen and received one chunky and one creamy.

    • A San Quentin death row inmate sued California, claiming his civil rights were violated because his packages were sent via UPS rather than the U.S. Postal Service.

    • An Oklahoma inmate alleged his religious freedoms were violated but could not say just how, because the main tenet of his faith was that all its practices were secret.

    • An Arizona inmate sued when he was not invited to a pizza party that prison employees held for a guard leaving his job.

    • An Indiana prisoner sued because he wanted to obtain Rogain for his baldness.

    • An Ohio inmate sued for being denied possession of soap on a rope.

    • An Oklahoma inmate sued because he was forced to listen to country music.

    • A Colorado con sued for early release because "everyone knows a con only serves about three years of a 10-year sentence."
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(no subject) [Nov. 7th, 2008|10:47 am]
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Joly v. Pelletier [1999] O.J. No. 1728

"Mr. Joly's claims in these two actions, and in several others not currently before me, all centre on his firm assertion that he is not a human being; rather a martian"

The court ended up throwing out the lawsuit because the pleadings did not state a cause of action, and the lawsuit was considered frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of process.  Furthermore, it was decided a plaintiff could only be either a human being or a corporation because that is the definition of a "person" and since he was neither - he had no standing to sue.
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Votes in spaaaaace... [Nov. 1st, 2008|12:35 pm]
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OK, so the Lost in Space sound doesn't translate well to text, but did you know it's possible for Texas residents to vote from space?

No, really, it's true.

From the Acts of the 75th Legislature of TexasCollapse )

It is encoded in Texas Administrative Code Title 1, section 81.35 (formerly 81.75), and reads...

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This came about because most astronauts are Texas residents, yet are most decidedly out of the country during early voting and election days.  In 1996, astronaut John Blaha was off the planet well before early ballots had been drawn up. (source)
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News of the Weird [Oct. 31st, 2008|01:27 pm]
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[Current Location |94306]
[mood |fullfull]
[music |The Daily Show]

Ideally, though I frequently forget, I'll do a weekly grab from the News of the Weird website and this time around I thought I'd take sections and post them where else they'd be appropriate.

The following are severe legal issues:
  • The Litigious Society

    • Murderers in the Money: Reggie Townsend, 29, serving 23 years in a Wisconsin prison for reckless homicide against an 11-year-old girl, won $295,000 from a jury in September as compensation for a two-month confinement with only a "wet, moldy and foul smelling" mattress to sleep on (about $4,900 per unpleasant night). [TheSmokingGun.com, 9-19-08]

    • Muri Chilton (aka Murray Gartton), serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, was awarded $2,500 by a Canadian Federal Court judge in September as compensation solely for feeling "utterly humiliated" in 2000 when guards roared with laughter after he mangled his thumb in a prison workshop accident. [National Post (Toronto), 10-1-08]

    • Brian Hopkins, 25, severely burned in 2006 after climbing onto the roof of an empty train at Boston's South Station at 2 a.m., filed a lawsuit in August against Amtrak. Though admitting that he was trespassing at the station when he was zapped by 27,500 volts of overhead wire, Hopkins said Amtrak ought to have known that people trespass and climb on top of trains, and therefore should have parked its train in a less-accessible place. [New York Post, 8-31-08]

more legal insanity under hereCollapse )
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Not weird, just a way to waste my time in lieu of reading. [Oct. 17th, 2008|04:32 pm]
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This will only be funny if you've taken AntitrustCollapse )
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Leona Helmsley and her dog, Trouble [Oct. 1st, 2008|03:01 am]
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Have any of you seen this article in The New Yorker? It came up in my TNE class the other day. It's about Leona Helmsley and the trust she created that left over $12 million to her dog, Trouble. According to a "mission statement", the trust was to be used to care for Trouble as well as dogs in general. The article also includes a description of the history of legal rights being secured for animals.
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(no subject) [Sep. 24th, 2008|03:35 pm]
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Forgive me for posting a question, though it's a weirdlaw sort of question. Mods, knock if you feel fit.

In the Coronation cases {most famous Krell v. Henry [1903] 2 K.B 740 (C. A.), aff'g in part 18 T.L.R. 823 (K. B. 1902)}, considered the exemplar of frustration of purpose (rooms rented for a day to watch the coronation of King Edward VII, when the coronation didn't happen, had a frustrated purpose and so had valid breach) the majority of the cases sided with the potential renters, allowing them out of their leases.

However, one of the cases in the lot involves a situation where, basically, someone was renting a room on that day, but for purposes distinctly untoward, as opposed to witnessing a parade (specifically, nookie-time with the mistress in town). Nevertheless, this brave soul, seeing as how everyone else has gotten out of paying, tries to do the same.

Rumor has it the decision, possibly unpublished but available, is delightfully bitter in shutting him down. Has anyone heard of this, or know the cite?
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