Friday Links

  • Whew. We survived Tax Day yesterday. To celebrate, we direct your attention to the above video of George Harrison and Eric Clapton playing “Taxman” (from the 1966 Beatles album, Revolver) in Japan sometime, we suspect, in the early 1990s.

  • Over at Osler’s Razor, law professor Mark Osler asks the age old question, “What should be required in law school?” A good question. (Incidentally, this coming Monday is Osler’s “Last Lecture” at Baylor Law School before he heads off to a new post at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minnesota).
  • We here at Abnormal Use love ABC’s “Lost.” We really do. We realize this makes us both law nerds and sci-fi nerds. SPOILER ALERT: This past Tuesday, on that show, Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) accelerated his vehicle in a school parking lot and crashed directly into wheelchair-bound John Locke (Terry O’Quinn). In Desmond’s defense, he may have done that just to awaken Locke to the notion that they are all living in a possibly sinister alternate reality, but that’s neither here nor there. In real life, though, Dr. Justin Sattin, Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has criticized the portrayal of the accident, claiming that the manner in which Locke reacted to the accident was not exactly accurate. Far be it for us to criticize the realism of a show about a magic island with time travelers. But when we watched that scene, the most unrealistic thing to us was the fact that 10 different Plaintiff’s lawyers didn’t show up with business cards immediately after the accident. (Hat tip: TV Tattle.).
  • And finally, why do we never get trials like the one depicted below, in which Superman, apparently, is prosecuting Lois Lane for the murder of his former sweetheart, Lana Lang. (Note: Superman probably has one of those Lawyer as Witness ethical conflicts.). It seems Batman is defending Lane from the criminal charges. Click the image to enlarge.
  • Incidentally, in case you were wondering, that comic book is Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #99, originally published in February 1970. No word on who actually won the trial.

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