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“No matter what the jury decides, the secret empire demands death,” proclaims the cover of Marc Spector: Moon Knight # 17, published way, way back in 1990. That doesn’t sound like something you would find in the pattern jury instructions, does it? We do suppose, though, that if your name is Marc Spector then you are somehow destined to become a cryptic superhero.

Congratulations to our own Ron Tate, who was recently chosen to receive the Home Builders Association of South Carolina (HBASC) Thomas N. Bagnal Associate of the Year award. If you’re not already following Ron on Twitter, here’s your chance.

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Our favorite legal tweet of late concerns the famous monkey copyright case. Enough said:

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Apparently, this villain depicted on the cover of Superman #314 is “Superman’s Judge, Jury, and Executioner.” That’s troubling. However, we find ourselves more intrigued by the promotion that the reader might find him or herself as an extra in the first Superman movie!

Um, did you see the voir dire depicted on this week’s episode of “Modern Family”? Yikes.

Speaking of pop culture, any thoughts on the new “Star Wars” trailer? After the prequels, we are bracing ourselves for disappointment, although we must confess that we are cautiously optimistic in light of everything we’ve seen to date.

Our favorite tweet of the week involves the law of donuts:

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We hope everyone is having a good time at the DRI Annual Meeting in Washington, DC this week. We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. have quite the contingent of representatives there, including our editor, Jim Dedman, as well as GWB lawyers John T. Lay, Gray Culbreath, Stephanie Flynn, Ron Wray, and John Cuttino. Say hi if you see us! And don’t forget that Jim is speaking on the McDonald’s hot coffee case this afternoon!

Who has seen The Martian? Has anyone confirmed Mat Damon’s character’s space law analysis? We may need to have one of our contributors investigate that monologue.

Our legal tweet of the week is an important one:

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Sales of compact discs may be falling dramatically, but we here at Abnormal Use still but them. See here for the troubling news on this sales trend.

As you may know, the Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference begins this weekend in San Francisco. Our editor, Jim Dedman, will be there, so if you see him, say hello!

We are pleased to announce that Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. shareholder John T. Lay, Jr. has been named president-elect of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).  The IADC is the preeminent invitation only legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests throughout the world. Lay will serve as president-elect from July 2015 until he is named president in July 2016.

Our favorite legal tweet of late is an oldie, but it’s a goodie:

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Forgive us, as it’s possible we’ve used this comic book cover before, but there aren’t too many referencing Labor Day. So, we feature Batman: The Long Halloween #12, published not so long ago in the halcyon days of 1997. We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. hope everyone has a fun and festive Labor Day.

Um, this is a curious Westlaw Next warning. Spoiler alert: We still miss Westlaw Classic. If you’re also feeling nostalgic, you can reread our Westlaw Classic obituary here.

Our favorite tweet of late is from June, but it’s a still good one:

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So, above, you’ll find the cover of Marc Spector: Moon Knight #17, published way, way back in 1990. “No matter what the jury decides – the secret empire demands death!” That statement seems to suggest that the outcome of the trial is irrelevant. What kind of criminal justice system is Moon Knight facing, anyway? Here’s the rather confusing summary of the issue from Comicvine:

Marc’s trial begins. Meanwhile, Marlene and Frenchie are trying to escape the mercenaries they mistakenly thought would be able to help them free Marc. They bring out the innocent victims of Raposa’s rise to power, and force Marc to look upon them, much to his dismay. Back in New York, Jeff has decided to use Moon Knight’s costume and gadgets in his absence to follow in his father’s footsteps and perform some break and enters. He accidentally stumbles upon a Secret Empire meeting and is almost killed by their security patrol. He manages to escape but is caught on camera in the process. While Marc wonders what his father would think of him right now, Marlene and Frenchie are planning their rescue from a nearby hotel room. Meanwhile, Carmilla takes the stand and Marc notices that she hesitates when asked if her husband had a weapon when he was shot. This makes Marc realise there might be more to the story. The council finds Marc guilty and he is sentenced to hang in 3 days time. Marc’s cellmates are planning their escape, and even though he originally declined their offer to join them, he has now changed his mind.

You know, it’s not easy finding these legally themed comic book covers after doing this for five and a half years.

Don’t forget! You can register for the Halloween CLE planned by our editor, Jim Dedman, by going here!

Our favorite tweet of late is an older one, from June, but it is simply perfect in its sentiment:

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We can’t bring ourselves to see the new Fantastic Four movie, but its release did inspire us to investigate old Fantastic Four comic book covers. Take a look at the cover of Fantastic Four #9, published way, way back in 1962. Okay, so it appears from the cover of this issue that the members of the team have been evicted. Who brought that proceeding against them? Which firm felt comfortable litigating against The Thing? Were they defendants in their individual capacities? Did they sign the lease as individuals? It appears that they are attempting to avoid publicity as they vacate the premises. If so, why are Reed Richards and Sue Storm in costume? Why has the human torch activated his powers to carry his suitcases from the building? Are those suitcases not flammable?

If Westlaw Next is truly akin to New Coke, won’t they be bringing back Westlaw Classic? We can only hope.

Here’s some news: Kyle White’s recent post on the memory issues of asbestos plaintiffs was linked on Overlawyered!

Our favorite tweet of late comes come related to the ABA Journal’s next hackathon, which is coming to North Carolina. Behold:

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Above, you’ll find the cover of Whiz Comics #64, published way, way back in 1945. We chanced across it this past week and felt compelled to share it here due to its reference to an attorney. “Attorney Killed In Home / Capt. Marvel Suspected of Murder !!,” the newspaper headline proclaims. We wonder how Captain Marvel found himself in this dilemma. Surely he was framed!

Goodbye, Jon Stewart.

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Guess what? Our own Kyle White was linked this week by the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute. How about that? Click here for more.

Our favorite legal tweet of late is a couple of weeks old, but it’s a good one:

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We had hoped Kevin Underhill of the Lowering The Bar blog would comment upon the Morrissey/TSA debacle, and he did not disappoint. Since this is Friday Links, we’re obligated to find a comic book cover to post, and of course, we thought of the cover above, a mash-up of Action Comics and The Smiths, the famous band of which Morrissey was a part. The mash-up series – which features a number of covers with super heroes and college rock bands – was designed by a Butcher Billy, a Brazillian designer, a few years ago. For more information on that delightful project, please see here.

Yes, an appellate court has cited to the HBO television series, “The Wire.” Of course, you’d think they would have quoted Omar Little. (Hat Tip: Above The Law).

Our favorite legal tweet of the week:

Speaking of Twitter, are you following our writers Stuart Mauney, Kyle White, and Nick Farr?

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Since we post a comic book cover most Fridays here at Abnormal Use, we’d be remiss if we did not at least mention the release of the new film, Ant-Man. We saw it, we enjoyed it, and we delighted in the reference to The Cure’s finest album, Disintegration. (You’ll need to see the film to understand that bit.). Above, you’ll find the cover of The Avengers #161, published way, way back in 1977. Of course, the Ant-Man depicted on the cover is Hank Pym (the character played by Michael Douglas in the new movie) and not Scott Lang (the protagonist portrayed by Paul Rudd). As Avengers purists, though, we’re content with that. If you’ve not yet seen the film, we recommend it (although we don’t plan to review it here).

Our friend Kevin Underhill at Lowering The Bar has alerted us to a lawyer advertisement featuring actor Danny Trejo. To see it, which you must do, click here.

If you’re in Asheville for the South Carolina Association of Defense Trial Attorneys Association conference, please say hello to the GWB lawyers there!

Guess what time of year it is again?