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Holler: Our Favorite Posts From the Blawgosphere (Week of July 6)

By William Peacock, Esq. on July 11, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Porn. Dominatrices. Online privacy. Judges dropping F-bombs. And one badass Army Captain blogging about her experience with the JAG Corps.

Welcome to "Holler," a weekly piece where we'll give shout-outs to the best things we've seen that week in the legal blawgosphere. If any of those topics interest you, read on. And if you have a suggestion for next week's roundup, tweet me @PeacockEsq.

Above the Law Redline: Won't Somebody Please Help This Aspiring Dominatrix​?

When I saw this craigslist ad, for a dominatrix seeking an attorney, I thought to myself: "I got away with the herpes client post. Surely, I could get away with dominatrices." But, lacking a "for lawyers" angle, I decided not to risk irking the bosses.

Elie at Above the Law had no such reservations. Enjoy.

(Side note: Elie, I'm pretty sure if one were to take up your suggestion about staying home and having an assignation with a fleshlight, it would make one's own home a "bawdy" place under the statute. You're right: that law is way too vague.)

Simple Justice: Judge Kopf and the Appearance of Impropriety

Remember the Judge Kopf "SCOTUS STFU" post? Our take was NBD, but maybe a few less F-bombs.

Scott Greenfield wrote a much more eloquent, impassioned defense of Judge Kopf, with this salient point:

Finding the perfect level of thoughtfulness and accessibility, especially on an internet where anyone and everyone can read, is impossible if your purpose is to say anything meaningful.

He flips the bird to "pompous, prissy academics" who "cry for decorum" and praises Judge Kopf for humanizing the bench. I couldn't agree more.

Storify: @MeanTXLawyer vs @PinkMeth

"Wise men never argue with fools, because people from a distance can't tell who is who."

PinkMeth is a revenge porn site. Jason L. Van Dyke (@MeanTXLawyer) is representing someone who appears on that site (without her consent, obviously). The two are debating the merits of revenge pornography, the Tor project, and more on Twitter, using copious amounts of profanity.

JLVD, by the way, sued the Tor project for some incomprehensible reason (something about civil conspiracy because some jackass uses Tor to mask his identity while running PinkMeth). He also wrote about the case on Above the Law.

I don't know ... we might write something on this next week, since Tor, porn, and lawyers are three of our most popular topics, but for now, we're just enjoying the show.

a public defender: The "accidentally suppressed" evidence keeps surfacing

A mistrial is declared in the middle of a second trial because exculpatory evidence is found in the detective's personal truck. Later, "out of an abundance of caution," prosecutors disclose more Brady evidence, five years after the case began.

Yeah, we've heard it all before. This is what Kozinski was referring to when he described the "Brady epidemic."

What's next? Probably another retrial, since there really is no penalty for "accidently suppress[ing]" evidence.

Ms-JD: Judge Advocates (JAGS):  Are you a real lawyer?  Yes...I am.

Lawyers love to write about themselves. But for some reason, blogs on the JAG experience are few and far between. Captain Majella C. N. Pope just started a series on Ms-JD about her experience with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. She's served for eight years, and has been deployed to Iraq twice.

Hooah! Keep 'em coming. (And thank you for your service!)

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