Friday Links

Depicted above is the cover of Captain America #615, published not so long ago in 2011.  As you might surmise, this issue is a part of – and indeed the finale to – “The Trial of Captain America” storyline, which we previously mentioned here back in July of that year.  At that time, we noted:

The secret identity of the Captain America we all knew growing up was Steve Rogers.  Apparently, somewhere along the way, that Captain America’s sidekick, Bucky, replaced the original Captain America, but not before moonlighting as a Russian hitman during the Cold War when the original Captain America thought he was dead.  It’s his actions as a Soviet agent that caused him to be on trial.  That’s confusing (although we wonder if there was a motion in limine on whether he could wear his costume at trial).

We’re still a bit confused, but we suppose it makes sense that Captain America is on trial if it is not the real Captain America. Oh, and if you need some background and persuasive authority on him, here you go: “Captain America, a.k.a. Steve Rogers, was an army-reject turned superhero who was charged with protecting America from all enemies, especially Nazi spies.” Marvel Characters, Inc. v. Simon, 310 F.3d 280, 282 (2d Cir. 2002) (previously mentioned by Abnormal Use way back in July of 2010 here).

Adam Liptak of The New York Times has this interesting piece on cameras in the U.S. Supreme Court.  It seems that nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court are much more excited about the possibility than actual members of the U.S. Supreme Court, and those initially curious nominees become far more skeptical of the issues following their confirmation.  Hmmm.

Behold: The Courtroom Video Supercut.  Described by the maker of this video as “Hollywood’s most hackneyed genre,” the courtroom film does, typically, rely on annoying cliches. But if you’ve got four minutes today to watch an amusing YouTube video, this is the one.

And last but not least, this article is not about the law, but it is the most interesting thing we read all week. We promise.

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