School Shooting Foiled by Armed Bystander

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2nd, 2010 by bl1y

Whenever there’s any sort of school shooting, like the recent shooting at University of Texas, the pro-gun lobby is usually pretty quick to dust off the ol’ “if more people had guns, this wouldn’t happen” argument, asserting that armed bystanders would either serve as a general deterrent, or be capable of stopping a shooting in progress.

The anti-gun lobby is of course skeptical.

Well, Lavonetta Jones, a teacher at T.S. Morris Elementary School in Montgomery, Alabama was shot on Tuesday while walking to her son’s car.  She was hit twice, but survived, perhaps only because the shooting was interrupted when an armed bystander fired on the gunman.

No one was hit by the second shooter, who fled the scene and has not been identified.  There is an important lesson we can learn from this: debates should not be won or lost on anecdotal evidence.

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Noon-Thirty News 06/28/10

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28th, 2010 by bl1y

Grab Yer Guns!
[WSJ Law Blog]

In the McDonald v. Chicago case, the Court has extended the Second Amendment to the States.

What more is there to say?  Grab your gun, and bring in the cat.

Law Firms Wage War on Hospitality
[Time]

Back in the good ol’ days, the summers of ’06 and ’07, the hospitality industry could look forward to a boost every summer as law firms spent gobs of money on lavish cruises, dinners, and other outings, sometimes spending tens of thousands of dollars on a single event.

Now, most firms are spending anywhere between half and a third of their previous budgets.  The real fallout is that with less money being poured into expensive outings, there’s less chance for socially awkward summer associates to wine and dine girls out of their league on the firm’s dime. (Admit it, you know you’ve been at an event after party, bought shots for a girl you just met, and put it on the firm’s tab.)

This is Why You Work Weekends
[The American Lawyer via Law.com]

It’s not because there’s so much work to do, it’s because your boss has had no training in managing personnel, case loads, or client expectations.  Your boss is your boss because they either have seniority, or made it rain, not because of any sort of managerial talent.  And now, one professor is speaking out about it:

The most crucial challenges for our society and our profession involve issues of leadership; the need for leaders with vision, integrity and wisdom has never been greater. Yet our system of legal education does little to produce them.

But, it’s not just any professor blaming law schools for failing to produce graduates with leadership potential.  It’s Deborah Rhode, Director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession.  She joins a growing list of law professors speaking out about the poor quality of education at law schools.  Unfortunately, there’s not yet a list of professors who have taken active steps towards improving their school.  A little less conversation, a little more action, please.

Once You Go Black, They Drop the Charges?
[Washington Times]

Remember these assholes?

Seems like standing outside of a voting place, wearing a combat boots and the insignia of a militant organization while wielding some sort of night stick or billy club is a pretty open and shut case of voter intimidation.  J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department attorney who worked on the case is now openly discussing the corruption that went into the dismissal of the charges:

Some of my co-workers argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. Less charitable individuals called it “payback time.” Incredibly, after the case was dismissed, instructions were given that no more cases against racial minorities like the Black Panther case would be brought by the Voting Section.

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