Court Rules that Marvel Mutants Are Not Human

Mutants are not human and are not worth as much as humans. So was the ruling of the United States Court for International Trade, not in the Marvel Universe where mutants have to fight for equality and basic human rights, but in the real world case of Toy Biz, Inc. v. United States. The Harmonized... Continue Reading →

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Judge Rules on Lawsuit 26 Years Late, After Finding File in His Attic

As far as landmark judicial decisions go, the mineral rights case of Ayers v Rubow is hardly a candidate to change the face of established jurisprudence. When Toole County, Montana Judge Ronald McPhillips issued his ruling in the case in the summer of 2009, it is doubtful few would have noticed, except for a couple of curious... Continue Reading →

The Second Round of the Hamilton/Burr Duel

One of the most famous rivalries in history was between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. It culminated in a duel between the two men, resulting in Hamilton's death  (the rather gory details of which are documented here). What is not as well known is the fact that there was a second round fought between Hamilton and... Continue Reading →

Government: Reaching Into the Grave and Beyond….

The People's Republic of China prohibits reincarnation without prior permission of the government. The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the revered monk without approval from Beijing. source

Scotland Did Not Always Give Sports a Sporting Chance

Scotland is known for its passionate football (American soccer) fans, and it is recognized as the birthplace of golf and home to the most famous golf courses in the world. Did you know that both sports were once illegal throughout the land? King James I outlawed football with the Football Act of 1424. It was... Continue Reading →

Lyrical Lawyer Pens Poetic Property Paper

Legal documents tend to be a bit dry and uninteresting, but that doesn't always have to be the case. The following is a deed recorded in the County Recorder's Office in Beardstown, Illinois: J. Henry Shaw To Charles E. Wyman Deed, filed for Record August 9th, 1881 at One O'clock P.M. Ferris E. Downing Recorder.... Continue Reading →

Springtime at the Gallows

Justice in the Old West was quick, decisive, and occasionally poetic. Witness this colorful death sentence issued in United States v Gonzales (1881), U.S. District Court, New Mexico Territory. Jose Manuel Miguel Xavier Gonzales, in a few short weeks, it will be spring. The snows of winter will flee away, the ice will vanish, and the annual... Continue Reading →

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