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A ‘Judge Smash’ in Sentencing Dispute With Prosecutors

It’s not unusual for judges and prosecutors to fail to see eye-to-eye on criminal sentencing issues. But it might just be a first for a federal judge to send an email comparing herself to a comic book character known for morphing into a large, green, superhuman "Hulk," and warn lawyers in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, […]

Father Seeking Visitation Rights Wears Nazi Uniform to Court

Last week we discussed an Illinois judge who, after being arrested on drug and firearms charges, ended up at a court hearing wearing cut-off jean shorts and a T-shirt bearing the slogan, "Bad is my middle name." Not the most appropriate ensemble, to be sure, but here (via Jonathan Turley) is the story of a […]

Warnings Aside, Parents Still Want Their Kids to Grow Up to Be Lawyers

A new survey from has been making the rounds on law blogs this week, due to its somewhat surprising revelation that, even amid seemingly constant headlines about the shaky job market greeting today’s law grads, nearly two-thirds of parents hope that their children will pursue careers in the law. The survey results were based […]

When Complaining About Your Job on Facebook Can Get You Fired

Employment law blogs, including Porter Wright’s Employer Law Report and Ogletree Deakins’ Employment Law Matters, have been discussing an Advice Memorandum recently released by the National Labor Relations Board that addresses when an employee may be fired over negative comments about an employer on social media, and when such messages constitute "protected concerted activity" under […]

‘Bad’ Judge Embroiled in Drug Scandal After Colleague’s Death

An Illinois judicial scandal involving drugs, death and some truly unfortunate courtroom attire has been gaining steam this week. An arraignment was held Tuesday for St. Clair County probation worker James Fogarty, who is accused of selling cocaine to two county judges, Joseph Christ and Michael Cook. Christ died in March while on a hunting […]

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