Friday Links

  • Above you’ll find the cover of Action Comics #263, published way, way back in 1960. In it, Superman, the defendant in a criminal case, is sentenced by a jury of Bizarros. The punishment is, apparently, that Superman will himself be turned into a Bizarro, which is surely cruel and unusual. (No word on whether the Bizarro constitution has an Eighth Amendment prohibiting such.). Again, we think that Supes has a “jury of his peers” objection, just as Batman did when he faced a juryful of Jokers or when a human was sentenced to death by an insect jury. The question: Why are all these defendants pro se? You’d think the Justice League would have some sort of insurance policy providing counsel in these cases. (For the record, we previously explored the antics of the Bizarros here.).

  • Oh, and if you’re not reading the Law and the Multiverse blog, you’re missing out big time. The site is dedicated to one question: How would our laws apply to comic book superheros? This wonderfully clever site is written by two relatively new lawyers, James Daily and Ryan Davidson. Why do they do it? See their FAQ file here. Though new (it just began in November), the site is already quite popular, having been profiled here and here in The New York Times and here at The Volokh Conspiracy. We’re already fans.
  • We thank Alan H. Crede of the Boston Personal Injury Lawyer Blog for his recent kinds words about our site and the recent ABA Blawg awards. We tried to email him directly to share our appreciation, but we couldn’t find a direct email address on his site.
  • By the way, if you look in our right hand column, you’ll see a bar entitled “South Carolina Law Blogs.” We just updated that list to include a number of new blogs in our state, as well as a handful that have been around a while that we somehow overlooked. Take a gander.

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