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The Judge Has No Robe

  As potential crimes go, what’s one step dumber than driving off in a police car? Stealing a judge’s robe. This past week, a Philadelphia municipal judge, Joseph C. Waters Jr., took a break from the bench to go to ...

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Petro Poop? Creativity from the bench

Trend Alert: Judges increasingly are resorting to humor, pop culture references and rhymes in their opinions. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that judges across the country are more frequently using these devices to spice up otherwise drab legal ...

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Law as a contact sport?

The war metaphors for testy litigation are many: Battle, fight, skirmish, all-out assault. And trial lawyer-warriors sometimes get too pumped up. In Richmond, about 20 years ago, a prosecutor and a defense lawyer took all the battle talk one step ...

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A shaggy dog story

The emergency dispatcher must have done a double-take at this one: The frantic caller said that a vehicle carrying two dogs — and no humans — had just gone through an intersection and struck a tree. Were the pooches behind ...

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