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Wednesday, March 26, 2003
The Judge Said What?!
Which one of the following four statements did a Delaware Judge not say?
A. I am the law.
B. I am the law West of the Christina.
C. Don't do the crime if you can't pay the fine.
D. Is that the finger you want your injection in?
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
taxes, marketers, and the long nose of uncle sam
We pretty much have to let Uncle Sam know our business when it comes to income and finances. There appears to be no getting around that. Taxes are one of the costs of citizenship. When we itemize our taxes, we provide an incredibly detailed picture of our lives, from how we earn our money, to how we spend it. I'd imagine that marketers would probably really like to get their hands on that type of information.
But we also have an expectation that the federal government will treat us as citizens, and not as consumers. When those marketers are the ones processing our taxes for us, it's time to make a little noise (pdf).
I received a summons for jury duty in the mail recently. I've seen plenty of juries, but the only time I've actually been a juror was during a mock trial in a law school advocacy class. I'm a little apprehensive about being called, but I'm hoping that I get to actually be on a jury.
So, against that backdrop, stories about jurors and jury selection appear to be printed in bright flashing neon to me these days. Like the one where a juror was expelled from a Mendocino Wildfire Murder Trial. Or the jury selection in the Kirby Pucket case. (Celebrityhood and juror selection seem to mix like oil and vinegar.) I'm also wondering if I might get chosen for a case like the one being brought against Tyson Foods.
I do know that if it was a capital murder case or a complex civil litigation such as an asbestos case, I would have probably received a special summons warning me of the possibility of an extended trial. But, I'm still feeling a little antsy about serving.
Monday, March 24, 2003
spam, spam, spam, and poisoned phones
Your phone rings, and you hear the following message:
You have broken the law by posting illegal ads. You must immediately stop this activity and go to the Hangzhou Urban Administrative Bureau for punishment.The call is from the police. They will ring every twenty seconds until you give yourself up.
Sounds like a system ripe for abuse. Imagine someone posting fake ads with their competitors' numbers on them. I'm not advocating doing that. I'm just saying that due process and hearings are good things.