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                            Inside Legal Blogs
                            [By Jeff]
                            This week, we examine all the news already covered in every other law blog. We’re keeping tabs on all the developments in
                            the law blogging community, processing it all, and digesting it here for your dining pleasure. Our top stories: the National
                            Law Journal gives the blogosphere a spanking, Ruth Bader Ginsberg catches 40 winks, and we weigh the pros and cons of
                            robots’ rights.

Last week’s National Law Journal featured           her own husband. They reached the solution           So it was hardly surprising when the Volokh
an article on the scholarly merits of law           to swap kidneys, which raised a novel legal          Conspiracy posted the results of a poll that
blogs. The article, which mostly dismissed the      question. Can a kidney swap count as a gift for      revealed Americans know next to nothing
scholarship of law blogs, precipitated a major      taxation purposes? Maule says no way, as both        about their Constitutional rights. More
frenzy across the blogosphere. The TaxProf          women (and their poor husbands) will receive         Americans can name all five main characters
Blog posted a thorough analysis of both the         something in return. I actually couldn’t get         on The Simpsons than can name their rights
article and the reaction from the blogging          through the entire post. Though the story is         protected by the First Amendment. That’s
community. Law professor Ann Althouse of            pretty interesting, tax law is impenetrable.         not so bad, considering that The Simpsons
the blog Althouse sees the NLJ’s dismissive                                                              has a few more good years left and Congress
                                                    On a not-so-boring note, last week, Anna
article as a slap in the face. Professor Doug A.                                                         will have completely done away with the
                                                    Nicole Smith, the buxom star of FOX’s When
Berman of the Sentencing Law and Policy blog                                                             First Amendment just in time for the mid-
                                                    Animals Attack, met the U.S. Supreme Court.
points out that blog entries, including some of                                                          term elections. This doesn’t mean all that
                                                    That sounds like one of those classic TV
his own, have been cited by judicial opinions.                                                           Constitutional guff isn’t significant. Last week,
                                                    crossovers like Scooby Doo meets the Harlem
The PrawfsBlawg takes a more conservative                                                                the High Court rendered a decision in Scheidler
                                                    Globetrotters. It, however, is not. More than
tack, asserting that law blogs occupy a middle                                                           v. National Organization for Women that is
                                                    one media outlet made a point of mentioning
ground between purely scholarly pursuits and                                                             sure to provoke controversy. The Crime &
                                                    that Anna Nicole showed up in court fully
idle online chitchat. I didn’t expect many law                                                           Federalism blog offers a much better analysis
                                                    clothed. The SCOTUS Blog even pointed out
bloggers to agree with the NLJ’s presumption                                                             than I could. What I can glean from it is that
                                                    that “she wore a black dress, with a modest
that blogs aren’t scholarly, but some did. Law                                                           abortion protesters are now allowed to affect
                                                    opening at the throat.” The best coverage of
Professor Brian R. Leiter from the blog Leiter’s                                                         commerce at abortion clinics as long as they
                                                    this case comes to us from Wonkette, which
Law School Reports sees the blogosphere as                                                               aren’t involved in robbing or extorting money
                                                    has had quite a field day with the story. The
a source of some scholarly information, but                                                              from the clinic.
                                                    issue before the Supreme Court is whether
relegates blogging at large to the category of
                                                    the state or federal courts have jurisdiction        The abortion issue ties into another topic,
leisure activity.
                                                    over the disputed fortune of the late Howard         which was mentioned last week in the
                                                    Marshall II. Wonkette has focused more on the        Nanotechnology Law blog. If fetuses have
The Australian law blog Other Interests put
                                                    ghetto-fabulous aspects of the case. They were       been granted legal rights, could artificial life
together a thought-provoking post about why
                                                    practically giddy over the double-entendre           forms someday be granted the same rights
lawyers, in general, are pessimists. This may
                                                    potential of Chief Justice John Roberts’             under the law? It might sound a little sci-fi,
be through no fault of their own, according to
                                                    comment about the substantial “assets”               but I think it’s about time we start lobbying for
psychologist Martin Seligman, who argues that
                                                    involved.                                            robots’ rights. Many of them work under harsh
a little pessimism behooves an attorney and
                                                                                                         conditions, including on the surface of the
that law firm culture would beat the optimism       The Anna Nicole case is certainly unusual for
                                                                                                         planet Mars (not very pleasant). They work long
out of anybody.                                     the Supreme Court. Probably not since Larry
                                                                                                         hours with little or no vacation time (with the
                                                    Flynt graced the honorable court in 988 has
Another reason attorneys see the world                                                                   exception of Johnny Five from Short Circuit).
                                                    anything quite so interesting occurred. Every
through a glass-half-empty perspective is                                                                They don’t even get lunch breaks. Even Wal-
                                                    now and again, Clarence Thomas will tell his
because they are required to deal with issues                                                            Mart employees are allowed to fish for loose
                                                    legendary “2-inch pianist” joke, but that’s
such as live-organ-transplant taxation.                                                                  candy underneath the vending machines. Our
                                                    about it in the excitement department. Things
Professor James Edward Maule’s Mauled                                                                    mechanical brothers have toiled long enough!
                                                    get so boring that even the Justices have a
Again blog addressed a matter involving two
                                                    difficult time staying awake. The Associated         Jeff is a writer from Los Angeles, CA.
women who are swapping kidneys. Each of
                                                    Press reported last week that Ruth Bader             Currently, he is the moderator of the
the women has a husband in need of a new
                                                    “Darth Vader” Ginsburg fell asleep during            message boards at, the largest
kidney, but neither is a blood match with
                                                    a case involving gerrymandering in Texas.            insider source of law firm information.


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