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Above, you’ll find the cover of  Rock N’ Roll Comics #7, published way, way back in the halcyon days of 1990. We post this cover this week because we here at Abnormal Use saw The Who live in concerts this past Tuesday night in Raleigh. What a show! We have now seen “Baba O’Riley” live! Good times.

Our own Stuart Mauney’s blog post on the lack of outrage over binge drinking was recently featured on the CoLAP Cafe  blog, the online newsletter from the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. Click here to read further.

We’re sticklers for certain rules in legal writing. Thus, our favorite tweet of late comes from Judge Dillard:

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Well, you may recall that last week we here at Abnormal Use published an April Fool’s Day post suggesting that a federal court had halted the production of the planned reboot of “Twin Peaks.” We must be clairvoyant. Just a few days later, famed director David Lynch announced that he would not longer be associated with the project (leading some to believe that the Showtime premium cable network might not go forward with the program without the auteur’s participation).

Did we do this? Are we the cause of this?

We tend to think we are not the proximate cause of this debacle, but it did cross our minds.


Whatever the case, we’re crestfallen that we might not be able to see a new version of the series with Lynch at the helm.

By the way, did you remember that Laura Palmer’s father, Leland (played by Ray Wise in the show), is a lawyer?

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We hope you enjoyed Wednesday’s post – our sixth April Fool’s Day blog entry.  Though some find April 1 joke posts to be silly and unnecessary, we have to admit that we love writing them.  If only you, our dear readers, loved reading them.  Maybe you do. If you missed it, the title was  “Federal Court Enjoins Reboots of ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘The X-Files’ On ‘1990’s Estoppel’ Grounds.” How about that? Popehat even tweeted it!

That said, one curmudgeon from our office emailed us on Wednesday and remarked: “I might have appreciated it more if I had ever actually seen an episode of either of those shows.  Their relative obscurity, however, probably makes them perfect fodder for an April 1 post.” Relative obscurity? Sigh.

So, of course, for today’s edition of Friday Links, we had to go with an X-Files comic book cover. In fact, above, you’ll find the cover of The X-Files #1, published by Topps way, way back in the halcyon days of 1995.

By the way, in the interests of completism, we present these links to our past April Fool’s Day posts:

In Employment Case, Texas Trial Court Holds That Retweets Are, In Fact, Endorsements As A Matter Of Law” (April 1, 2014)

North Carolina Court Declares Harlem Shake ‘Over,’ Enjoins YouTube From Accepting Further Videos Depicting Same” (April 1, 2013)

American Bar Association Denies Provisional Accreditation To Miskatonic University School of Law” (April 1, 2012)

Star Wars Prequels Unreasonably Dangerous and Defective, South Carolina Federal Court Finds” (April 1, 2011)

Unsatisfying Snickers Bar Unreasonably Dangerous and Defective, Texas Court Holds” (April 1, 2010)


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As we previously mentioned, our editor, Jim Dedman, has put together a CLE program for April 1, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina on the Salem Witch Trials featuring noted author Katherine Howe. Here’s the information straight from the Mecklenburg County Bar Association website:

The Salem witch trials live on in infamy as one of the most notorious examples of injustice ever perpetrated in American history. Over 100 people were accused and 19 people were put to death by the state for a crime which, less than a generation later, was held to be largely imaginary. Perhaps most chillingly of all, the trials were conducted with great care, and according to legal precedent in place in the early modern Atlantic world. This talk will examine the legal contours of the Salem witch trial, including similarities and differences between other witch trials from the same period, the nature of evidence, and precedent-setting cases that influenced the conduct of the Salem trials, with the goal of posing challenging questions about the historically-contingent nature of justice.

Speaker Katherine Howe is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels and a nonfiction book about witches. She has commented about history and fiction writing on “Good Morning America,” “CBS This Morning,” the National Geographic Channel and NPR. Her fiction has been translated into over 20 languages. A native Texan, she lives in New England and upstate New York, where she is at work on her fifth novel.

Above, of course, is the cover of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dance, Ms. Howe’s first novel.

On another note, according to the ABA Journal, “[t]he family of an 11-year-old who died after eating a chocolate chip cookie that may have contained nuts has sued the supermarket chain that sold it.” We here at Abnormal Use have written about these types of suits in the past. In fact, back in July of 2012, our own Stuart Mauney wrote a piece about packages of peanuts which contain the warning “MAY CONTAIN PEANUTS.” You can read that post here.

And for our favorite tweet of week, we turn to the one below, which says something that needed to be said:

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So, as you know, dear readers, we are in the habit of posting legally themed comic book covers on our Friday posts. After five years of doing so, it’s become increasingly more difficult to find such covers. We often rely on a series of wonderful comic book websites to assist us in our searches for such covers, and it is not uncommon for us to input law related search terms into the search fields of the website at issue. This week, we input the search term “police,” to see if there might be some sort of criminal procedure we could explore in the comic book world. This search led us to the comic book series above, Jughead’s Time Police.

Just look at that cover. “Jughead! No! Don’t eat that spaghetti! You’re destroying the whole world!”

Here’s how Comicvine describes the narrative of the short lived series:

Short-lived science fiction series by Archie Comics. Jughead is recruited into the Time Police, a crosstime organization devoted to guarding the timestream from paradoxes and alterations. His partner and love interest is January McAndrews from the 29th century.

This is the greatest idea in the history of world literature. We are crestfallen to learn that the series lasted but six issues.

On an unrelated note, who watched HBO’s “The Jinx”? Any thoughts?

Pro tip: Follow our writers Nick Farr (@NAFarr) and Kyle White (@Kyle_J_White) on Twitter.

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Above, you’ll find the cover of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #23, published not so long ago in the halcyon days of 1990. We’re not entirely certain what is occurring here on the cover, but with the exclamation “Lawyers!” prominently displayed thereupon, our curiosity is piqued. The description from Comicvine is not particularly helpful (at least to us):

Onyx the dwarf owes a debt to the mysterious Lawyers and not even the mighty wizard Khelben and the Lord of Waterdeep himself, Peirgeiron, may be able to help him. This is an adventure that may take the Invincible One to the very Gates of Hell! 

The lawyers must be rather formidable if even the mighty wizard Khelben may not be of assistance right?

Radiohead’s album, The Bends, was released 20 years ago today. It features “Fake Plastic Trees,” a nearly perfect rock song.

You can now find the North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions online. Click here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. We’re at @GWBLawfirm.

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Above, you’ll find the cover of Star Trek #6, published way, way back in 1969. Depicted is Mr. Spock, the first officer of the Enterprise, and one of the most popular characters in the Star Trek universe. As you know, Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr. Spock, passed away last week at the age of 83. He will be missed.

Is it really March already? At least this gives us an excuse to revisit Michael Penn’s album, March.

Come say hello to us on Twitter! We’re at @GWBLawfirm!

Our favorite legal tweet of the week:

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Above, you’ll find the cover to Spectacular Spider-Man #150, published back in the good old days of 1989. On the cover, we see Daily Bugle editor Joseph “Robbie” Robertson in court. Things do not appear to be going well for him (and we’re somewhat surprised that the judge is determining his guilt rather than a jury of his peers). We may need to track down this issue and learn a bit more about this trial and how Spider-Man reacts to it.

Oh, and yes, we’ll be watching the new season of “House of Cards” this weekend. Who else is watching? No spoilers!

Our favorite tweet of late comes from our own Stuart Mauney, who offers the gem below. (You know, once of these days, we’ll have to do a blog post listing all of GWB’s lawyers who maintain Twitter accounts.).

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So, above is the cover of City of Heroes #6, published not so long ago in 2004. You may recall that back in August of last year we showed you the cover of issue #5, which begins the “Jury Duty” storyline in this comic book series. The cover depicts the hero Apex, who had previously received a jury summons in the preceding issue. But how does a superhero receive a jury summons? How would the relevant governmental entity know where to serve a summons upon the hero (or that the hero in question was from the proper jury pool)? Further, if the summons itself was addressed to the real name of the hero who calls himself Apex, why then did he show up to the courthouse in costume? These are good questions.

Friend of the blog Tamara Tabo recently appeared on MSNBC’s “The Docket” in order to discuss her recent piece in Above The Law about the legal implications of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” In fact, in an email, she gave us some grief (perhaps well deserved) for not including a link to her post in our own similar blog entry earlier this week. Well, we remedy that error here! To watch the MSNBC segment, please click here.

We were saddened to hear of the loss of former Baylor Law School professor Matt Dawson, who passed away this week at age 98. Information on his life can be found here. He was also instrumental in making Baylor Law’s famed Practice Court program what it is today.

In case you missed it, our own Howard Boyd authored his first blog entry this week. Check it out here if you have not before.

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So, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the occasion, we direct you to the above comic book cover, that of Donald Duck and the Valentine’s Day Hitch #1, published in 2013. Here’s the plot summary from the always reliable Comicvine website:

Valentine’s Day is drawing near, and Donald Duck is in trouble: he is having a hard time writing a romantic card to Daisy! For inspiration, Donald decides to use an old Valentine’s Day card that he wrote many years before…for someone else!

If that’s Donald’s plan, we suspect that hijinks will ensue.

By the way, in addition to Valentine’s Day Eve, it’s also Friday The 13th. This seems appropriate.

We hope everyone enjoyed the Hospitality Law Conference this past week in Houston, Texas. We were pleased to be there.

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