March 23, 2016

Great moments in the law

 From Lowering the Bar
  •  According to Courthouse News, a Baltimore woman has sued the city alleging she was injured due to work on a sewer line. She was on the commode, she says, when “suddenly and without warning and with great force and violence, the toilet backed up and she was blown off of said commode, knocked to the floor, [and] covered with filth and excretion.” I have questions about the physics of that, but if it happened I think it would indeed cause one to “lose enjoyment of [one’s] usual pursuits and pastimes,” at least temporarily.
  • A Utah bar owner has apologized for an incident in which a bartender allegedly refused service to two patrons because the bar has a “no Polynesians” policy. The owner said he thought the bartender misunderstood a safety rule he had established. “They are directed by me, any massive groups of people, and granted two is not a group but it is a judgment call, whether it will be Polynesians, jailbirds, or anybody that is shady-looking, do not serve,” the owner said. That statement’s about as Trumpian as it gets but it isn’t likely to help this guy’s cause.
  •  Judge rules that it's not prejudicial to feign sleep during defense argument

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