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The protection afforded to regular reporters under California law. A Seattle attorney sued two gynecologists for sexually assaulting patients.

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                              Inside Legal Blogs
                              [By Jeff]
                              In 1978, NBA all-star George “Iceman” Gervin scored a record 33 points in the second quarter for San Antonio against
                              New Orleans, using his patented blogger roll. Since then, Gervin has been enshrined in the Hall of Fame, and blogs have
                              become a powerful force in mainstream America. This week, we will look over the best of the week’s law blogs and break it
                              all down for you. We will also devote a special section to sports trivia.

California appeals court handed down a                 flourishes from the defense team, including        don’t arm lawyers in regard to client relations
victory for bloggers in Apple v. Does. The             demonizing the prosecution, everything was         or the emotional underpinnings of legal issues.
court rejected Apple’s attempt to unmask               strictly by the book. Buell says this kept         There is hope, however, as pointed out in this
anonymous bloggers who had revealed secrets            the case from being the latest “trial of the       ABA article. Even the esteemed Harvard Law
about new products. The decision applies               century,” which we were all yearning for. With     School is introducing new lesson plans to teach
to bloggers the same protection afforded to            O.J. on the golf course and Michael Jackson in     more practical problem-solving skills.
regular reporters under California law. For a          Bahrain, America thirsts for a new, salacious
                                                                                                          From the “Things That Go Bump in the Night”
detailed assessment of this important verdict,         trial. Who will be the next celebrity defendant?
                                                                                                          files comes this tidbit from How Appealing.
check Denise Howell’s IP and appellate blog,           Christian Slater? Aaron Carter?
                                                                                                          Blogger Howard Bashman penned an extensive
Bag and Baggage. The verdict lends credibility
                                                       The Psychology of Compliance & Due Diligence       assessment of dead judges voting. Dead
to bloggers as serious writers and provides
                                                       Law blog brought us an interesting and             men may not wear plaid, but dead judges
important legal protection.
                                                       informative post recently. It dealt with how       still retain the power to issue decisions from
In other blog news, a judge has ordered an             lawyers could learn a lot about trial advocacy     beyond the grave. Bashman began writing on
attorney to post his trial loss on his blog. A         by studying the moves of great poker players       the subject in February, initially for,
Seattle attorney sued two gynecologists for            (and vice versa). Both the poker player and        then for How Appealing. Senior Circuit Judge
sexually assaulting patients. The judge didn’t         the trial attorney have to figure out if their     Max Rosenn passed away before the 3rd U.S.
buy it and ordered the attorney to compensate          opponent knows what he or she knows. In the        Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision
the doctors out of his own pocket. Adding insult       end, the analogy leads to the conclusion that      in Monteiro v. City of Elizabeth. The court’s
to injury, the judge told the attorney he also         it’s easier to win a court case than a poker       decision was divided by a three-judge panel, so
had to mention his loss on his website for all to      championship. Having consumed thousands            the dead judge became the tie breaker, as he
see. Judges are getting technosavvy.                   of raw hours of both Judge Judy and Celebrity      had drafted what became the majority opinion
                                                       Poker Showdown, I can testify that poker           before his death. It happened again at the 3rd
Every attorney on the blogosphere has been             players also have a leg up in the sunglasses       U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals when Senior
offering his or her assessment of the Enron            department. Those guys are always wearing          Circuit Judge Edward R. Becker dropped dead,
verdict. Andrew Cohen of the Washington Post           sunglasses indoors.                                leaving a divided three-judge panel to decide
Blog’s Bench Conference offered up the Enron                                                              a Title VII case. The departed judge once again
verdict as proof that defense attorneys should
                                                       Concurring Opinions recently posted an entry
                                                                                                          cast the deciding vote. Shouldn’t a lifetime
                                                       on its blog about the University of Illinois
stop putting defendants on the witness stand.                                                             tenure on the bench end when the icy touch
                                                       College of Law and how they are devoting
Analyzing comments made by the jurors after                                                               of the Grim Reaper intervenes? Bashman
                                                       prime real estate on their website to promote
the verdict, I feel that Lay and Skilling sealed                                                          proposes legislation forcing dead judges into
                                                       the school’s law bloggers. Kevin O’Keefe,
their own fates on the witness stand. Jurors                                                              retirement. I’ve taken the extra measure of
                                                       perhaps the Susan B. Anthony of law bloggers,
said they came across as arrogant. It seems                                                               contacting the Ghostbusters.
                                                       took notice and mentioned it on LexBlog. This
like a bit of a catch-22, however, as other
                                                       all ties into recent developments such as          Thanks for reading. We will return next
jurors said they would have believed Lay and
Skilling were guilty if they refused to take the
                                                       Anonymous Lawyer’s lucrative book deal that        week with more hot updates from the law
                                                       lead me to believe bloggers will be the next       blogosphere. As promised, here is our gallery
                                                       cult celebrities. That might make me the next      of sports trivia.
Over on the Enron Legal Commentary blog,               Pat O’Brien or Mary Hart.
Samuel Buell presented his final analysis                                                                 Q: Who was the only college football player to
                                                       Over at the Legal Sanity blog, Arnie Herz is
of the trial. He praised attorneys on both                                                                win the Heisman Trophy twice?
                                                       talking about the law school learning gap, the
sides, but he found everything from opening                                                               A: Ohio State’s own Archie Griffin in 974 and
                                                       chasm between what is taught in law school
statements through summations to be                                                                       975, who smashed the Big Ten career rushing
                                                       and the practical skills necessary to survive as
completely by the book. Aside from a few                                                                  record at that time, amassing 4,064 yards!!
                                                       an attorney. Herz complains that law schools

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