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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:

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Our editor, Jim Dedman, is in Chicago today for the DRI Product Liability Committee Fly-In. You may remember that he is chair of that committee’s newsletter section. If you’re there, too, say hello! Because this is Friday Links, we tried to find an appropriate comic book cover depicting Chicago. However, we were unsuccessful. So instead, we bring you the cover of Kicking Television: Live in Chicago, Wilco’s 2005 live album recorded in the Windy City. In fact, according to Wikipedia, the album was recorded May 4 through 7, 2005, ten years ago this week. How about that?

Okay, if you’ve not seen the news story about the police officer suing Starbucks for spilling his free cup of coffee on himself, please see here. Apparently, he testified for eight hours on the stand at trial this week.

Are you following Abnormal Use on Facebook? If not, please join the discussion over there, as we’d love to have you! See here.

Our favorite tweet of late comes from our own Stuart Mauney:

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This does not look like a good jurisdiction for Batman. See here for a bit more on this issue of Batman, which we first mentioned way, way back in 2010.

Our editor, Jim Dedman, will be speaking on social media research to the South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators annual conference in Charleston on Monday. Spoiler alert: He may be using the image above of the Joker judge and jury in his PowerPoint presentation.

By the way, we here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. are pleased to announce that shareholder John T. Lay, Jr. has begun his term as president of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). How about that?

Our favorite tweet of the week:

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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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Okay, since the new Star Wars trailer was released this week, that’s really all we here at Abnormal Use can think about. We’re so distracted, mind you, that we just ended the previous sentence in a preposition! It’s a calamity! Have you seen it? If not, click here immediately. So, above, for this edition of Friday Links, you get the cover to Darth Vader #1, published this very year. After seeing the new trailer, we may need to investigate this new comic book series. Apologies for nerding out.

On an entirely different note, did you see that Nick Farr earned a shout-out this week over at Overlawyered? See here for that.

By the way, dear readers, did you all survive Tax Day this week?

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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?