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So, it call comes back to “The Simpsons” sometimes. Above, you’l find an image of the “I Can’t Believe It’s A Law Firm” location. That, of course, is the headquarters of lawyer Lionel Hutz, who first appeared on the television series way, way back in 1991. Hutz, who was voiced by the late, great Phil Hartman, was always a favorite character of ours, for obvious reasons. We’ve yet to find a Simpsons comic book cover featuring the Hutz character, and so we may spend some time this weekend attempting to do so.

By the way, who is excited about the return of “Bloom County”? Back in 2011, we featured a legally themed “Bloom County” strip right here on Friday Links. Don’t remember that? Well, click here to revisit that post, which was dedicated to “Steve’s Law Tips.”

Remember four years ago when we compiled our giant list of songs about lawyers, judges, and attorneys?

Come on! You know you want to follow us on Twitter here and Facebook here! Join us on the social media and say hello!

We can definitely relate to our favorite legal tweet of late:

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For some reason or another, our WordPress platform is not allowing us to upload images today. Alas! What are we to do?

A question: Will “Ed,” the early 2000’s television show about the bowling alley lawyer, ever arrive on DVD?

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Our favorite legal tweet of late revisits a familiar theme:

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We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. hope that you all are enjoying the beginning of the July 4th weekend. In honor of the occasion, our offices are closed today. Above, you’ll find the cover of Roy Rogers and the 4th of July Bandits #1. We’re not certain of the plot, but it seemed like a somewhat appropriate cover for today’s edition of Friday Links. Fear not, we’ll find a better one for tomorrow’s post! If the website ComicVine is to be believed, this comic book was first published in 1990, many decades after the time we would have thought it would have been.

We hope everyone has a safe holiday weekend!

Our favorite legally themed tweet of the week focuses upon iTunes:

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As we’ve often noted, it’s difficult finding legally themed comic book covers after doing so for more than five years. But we just found a new one involving Nick Fury! Above, you’ll find the cover of Nick Fury #7, published way, way back in 1964. “If he’s found guilty, it’s the firing squad for Nick Fury!” the cover proclaims. We suspect that Nick Fury was acquitted, or pardoned, as the series did not end at issue seven. We may need to find a copy of this one to be certain, though.

Rest in peace, film composer James Horner. If you’ve never heard the score for Krull or Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, please do so immediately. Here’s a fitting tribute that we found online this week.

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Speaking of Twitter, our favorite legal tweet of late comes from our editor:

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You’d be surprised at how difficult it becomes to find legally themed comic books covers after five years of scouring the Earth for them. Today, we present the cover of Checkmate #24, published not so long ago in 1990. “I accuse you of being the traitor!” exclaims a character we assume to be a heroic authority figure to another character we assume may not, actually, be a traitor. Maybe there’s a law school examination question here addressing defamation (or the evidence required to establish treason in a court of law). To be honest, we’re more curious about the menacing robot on the view screen and its role in the process.

By the way, don’t forget that our editor, Jim Dedman, is attending the North Carolina Bar Association Annual Meeting this weekend. If you see him, say hello! We know he’ll be tweeting using the hashtag #NCBAAM15, so investigate that, as well!

Our favorite tweet of late comes from Stacy Linn Moon:

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Rest in peace, Vincent Bugliosi, famed prosecutor of Charles Manson. Many years ago, we read his book, “Helter Skelter,” the account of the Manson Family trial. Of course, it is a frightful tale. But it was the story of the investigation into the murders and the resulting trial which sparked our interest in becoming a lawyer.

Our editor, Jim Dedman, has planned another CLE, this one dedicated to the law of food trucks and breweries. Taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, June 25, its official title is “Mobile Food Trucks: Public Health Laws & Regulations and Changes Brewing in North Carolina.” You can register here.

You may want to check out Robert Ambrogi’s recent article, “How Legal Blogging Has Changed Over the Decade.” That’s a lot of blogging.

Our favorite tweet of late:

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Above, you’ll find the cover of Life With Archie #18, published way, way back in 1963. For many reasons, it is our new favorite. First and foremost, the publishers include the word “denouement” on the cover. You’ve got to love that bit. Second, the cover proclaims that the narrative shall be gripping, but the dialogue thereupon suggests otherwise. You have the prosecutor declaring in open court that Archie Andrews is guilty while Archie himself thinks to himself that he is innocent. Honestly, that seems rather routine for a criminal trial, no?

Podcast Question #1: Who is listening to the new Starlee Kine podcast, “Mystery Show”? The tagline: “A podcast where Starlee Kine solves mysteries.” This week, we investigated the first two episodes, and it’s a fun one. Check it out here.

Podcast Question #2: Who is listening to “Undisclosed,” the relatively new podcast dedicated to the Adnan Syed case (which was initially profiled on the very, very popular podcast, “Serial”)? Check it out here.

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Above, you’ll find the cover of Police Comics #94, published way, way back in 1949. As you can see, it depicts a courtroom setting, and we’re a bit surprised that we’ve just now chanced across it after five years of searching for such covers. The noted hero Plastic Man is apparently on trial, as the cover asks, “Plastic Man . . . Guilty?” He’s obviously not doing himself any favors with his courtroom antics, and to be honest, we’re surprised the court allowed him to wear goggles during his trial.

Did you see that the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog cited our post this week on defective chicken nuggets? We published our post – by intrepid blogger Kyle White – yesterday morning, and just a number of hours later, we learned that the folks at the WSJ had seen fit to link our piece in their own story. How about that? (Click here for our original post on the defective chicken nuggets and here for the WSJ Law Blog‘s piece).

There’s news on the now infamous Led Zeppelin “Stairway To Heaven” litigation! See here for more!

Our favorite tweet – and article – of the week comes from that publication of publication, The Onion. Who knew they riffed on products liability issues?

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Well, it’s Memorial Day weekend, and we once again express our great appreciation for those who lost their lives serving our nation. Above, we feature the cover of Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles #1, published back in 1976. We hope everyone has a safe and eventful holiday weekend.

Okay, so who else is saddened that “Mad Men” has ended its run? We here at Abnormal Use remain crestfallen.

At long last, Overlawyered has cited Stereogum. Of course, it’s on the recent “Netflix for Vinyl” model and the legal barriers for same. See here for me.

Get this: The popular website Mental Floss ran a piece entitled “29 Fun Facts about ‘My Cousin Vinny.’” In that post, the author quotes a number of our interviews with the writer, director, and cast members. How about that? Click here to read it (and pay particular attention to numbers 7,11,12,13, and 19).

Our favorite tweet of late:

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Our favorite thing about the cover of Mr. District Attorney #62 – published more than five decades ago – is not the magical villain our hero appears to be pursuing. It’s not the fact that the district attorney seems to be attempting to apprehend a criminal in the act rather than prosecuting him in court at some later date. Rather, it’s the fact that the police officer – who is a few steps behind the prosecutor – refers to him not by name but as “D.A.” There’s not even a definite or indefinite article preceding the term – just “D.A.,” as if that were his name. What gives?

Did you see our own Kyle White’s article on the reptile theory in this week’s edition of DRI’s Strictly Speaking? If not, check it out. Oh, and don’t forget, you can follow Kyle on Twitter here.

You like the ease and convenience of Netflix? You like vinyl? Well, of course you do. Who doesn’t? Well, you’ve got to read the recent piece by Michael Nelso at Stereogum on the perils of the “Netflix for vinyl” model which, apparently, violates the Record Rental Amendment of 1984.

Our favorite tweet of late comes from Lawyer Cat: