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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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Good guy: Craig Merritt

Richmond lawyer Craig T. Merritt (right) received the George Mason Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro chapter last night. The annual award recognizes an individual for his or her contributions to Virginia journalism. Merritt, a partner at ...

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Flash mob … what a feeling

Tourists visiting Colonial Williamsburg got an unexpected treat on Tuesday. After a historical reenactment from revolutionary days, an apparent tourist at the back of the audience broke out in song. Then another tourist joined him. Then another. Before you knew ...

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What’s in a name?

Sue Yoo is a lawyer. Really – she works in L.A. This morning, the Wall Street Journal has a story on how names may determine what a person does for a living. Or not. Dr. Hart may have been predestined ...

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Live long and prosper

Want to live a longer life? You need to move to Fairfax County. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington has just published a comprehensive nationwide study of longevity rates across the United States. After ...

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Dress up days

Today is June 8, so you can take it to the bank that the new law graduates of the Class of 2011 are no longer feeling the euphoria of graduation. Last month’s celebrations are a distant memory because now lawyer ...

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