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We’ve commented before how difficult it is to find new legal themed comic book covers week after week after week for our Friday Legals posts. Well, today, we decided to be a bit different and post a legally themed album cover. This is big news. So, above, dear readers, you’ll find the Bobby Fuller Four’s I Fought The Law, released way, way back in 1966. According to the Wikipedia, the album was named for the song of the same name, which has a storied history in American popular culture:

“I Fought the Law” is a song written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets and became popularized by a cover by the Bobby Fuller Four, which went on to become a top-ten hit for the band in 1966 and was also recorded by the Clash in 1979. The Bobby Fuller Four version of this song was ranked No. 175 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004, and the same year was named one of the 500 “Songs that Shaped Rock” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Our favorite version, of course, is the one by The Clash, but we’ve got to give it to BFF for popularizing the song as they did.

In case you were wondering, “Yes, Emoji Death Threats Are Admissible in Court.” By the way, we here at Abnormal Use are decidedly anti-emoji.

Three years ago this week, on January 25, 2011, we published our Stella Liebeck McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case FAQ. In it, we attempted to tell the tale of that infamous case using only the original court documents and early 1990′s media coverage. Our original introduction to that piece:

First entering the public consciousness in 1994, the Stella Liebeck trial, known as the McDonald’s hot coffee case, has become such a fixture of litigation lore that many are unaware of the basic facts of the case, or even where and when it was tried. Litigated and reported upon before the rise of the Internet, much of what appears online about the case is the worst sort of unsourced speculation and conjecture. Our friends at Overlawyered have done an excellent job over the years dispelling the various myths about the case, including those that have arisen suggesting that the industry standard was to serve coffee at temperatures lower than that of McDonald’s. In an effort to publish some of the basic facts of the case, we here at Abnormal Use have created the following FAQ file regarding the matter. In so doing, we have relied solely upon the original pleadings and motions in the case and some contemporary news coverage.

So in light of this anniversary, go back and take a look at our first – and only – FAQ.

We would have liked to have observed the Google Glass traffic ticket trial. We suspect there will be similar trials in the future.

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Behold, dear readers, the cover of Web of Spider-Man #126, published back in those wonderful days of 1995. The issue is dedicated to “The Trial of Peter Parker,” and of course, we know that Mr. Parker is Spider-Man’s alter ego. So what did he do? We were kinda curious, so we Googled the usual places, and we turned up nothing. However, additional diligence directed us to the SpiderFan website (not a law blog!), which offers this summary of the plot:

Peter was imprisoned awaiting trial for full multiple murders in Utah on the basis of fingerprint evidence. He didn’t do it and his clone Ben Reilly has swapped places with him so Peter can be with his pregnant wife, Mary-Jane. MJ has been told that there could be a problem with the baby she’s carrying due to Peter’s infected blood. Judas Traveller has been revealed as some sort of mysterious, well traveller, who is hundreds of years old and is searching for the true meaning of evil and good. Peter saved his life after he had played with the time continuum. A new Green Goblin has appeared – and seems to be a good guy – and the mysterious character of Kaine is still over-looking the events in Peter’s life. Also, the Jackal has yet another Peter clone.

So there we have it.

How could we ignore an article called “21 Weird Music Lawsuits“?

Whoa! Insane Clown Posse has sued the Justice Department and the F.B.I.! Can you imagine this lawsuit? Here’s more from Kevin Underhill at the very funny and award winning Lowering The Bar law blog.

Um, we think that there may be an occupation missing from this list of most stressful professions. How can lawyers not be included on that list? (Hat Tip: Kim Lawson).

Apparently, we didn’t realize that last month was PACER’s 25th birthday. Let’s all celebrate (if we can remember our PACER passwords).

The South Carolina Supreme Court has expanded its business court program statewide.

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“How Gangland’s Sinister Disc Jockey Was Trapped!” proclaims the cover of Mr. District Attorney #2, published way, way back in 1948. Our question: Um, why is the district attorney pursuing disc jockeys? And why does Gangland need one? Is this some kind of payola thing?

The Hollywood Reporter has run a pretty interesting interview with the Motion Picture Association of America’s outside counsel. See here.

Don’t forget! The new Bruce Springsteen album comes out next week! (Hat Tip: Ultimate Classic Rock).

We will miss Phil Everly.

Congratulations to our own Steve Buckingham, who recently became a partner at the firm. He was a blogger at this site for quite some time before retiring almost a year ago to the day. You can revisit his farewell column here.

Well, next month, the North Carolina Bar Association is putting on a CLE entitled “Guns and Roses.” No, it’s not about Axl Rose (although that would present a host of legal issues). For more, see here.

FYI: Last week, the South Carolina Supreme Court published its annual order on Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments. For the full order, please see here.

Headline of the week: “Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson Settle Lawsuit Over Use of ‘A-Team’ Images.” You would think any lawsuit arising from the recent A-Team film would be one challenging its quality. Oh, well.

You’ve probably read – or at least heard of – law student blogs. We here at Abnormal Use peruse them occasionally to remind us of our lost youth. One of our favorites was So The Bear Says, a blog written by a Baylor Law School student back in the day.  In fact, if you revisit that student’s blog, you’ll learn that ten years ago this week he first became a registered law student. We hope someone is reviewing our posts at this site ten years from now.

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Welcome to our first edition of Friday Links of 2014. Above, you’ll find the cover of More Fun Comics #17, published way, way back in the 1930′s. Happy New Year!

Three years ago this month, we published our interview with Jeff Richardson, the author of the iPhone J.D. blog. Let nostalgia take the wheels and revisit that post here.

Speaking of anniversaries, it’s now been three years since we here at Abnormal Use received a voicemail message from Wilford Brimley. To learn that fateful story, please click here.

In case you missed it, the North Carolina Court of Appeals cited Nathaniel Hawthorne in a recent commericial litigation case. Here’s the relevant excerpt:

“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.” Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter 197 (Bantam Books 1986) (1850). Indeed, the wearing of multiple “faces” may bewilder not only men, but also corporations.

Bank of America, N.A. v. Rice, 750 S.E. 2d 205, 206 (N.C. Ct. App. 2013) (Hat Tip: North Carolina Bar Association Bankruptcy Listserv).

The musician Beck is being sued by an actor from a Quentin Tarantino film! It’s a landlord/tenant case. We tried really, really hard to come up with a “Loser” prevailing party joke, but we just couldn’t do it. Alas.

From Mental Floss: “11 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained!” Our favorite: “You’re So Vain.” Yes, of course that would be our favorite.

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Behold the cover of DC Universe Holiday Special #1, published not so long ago in 2008. We find it appropriate for the occasion. Our question: Where’s Batman?

In 1964, famed writer Isaac Asimov penned a piece in The New York Times predicting what life might be like in 2014. To read that fascinating article, click here. Three years ago, in December of 2010, we commented upon a series of New York Times articles written in 1931 predicting the world of 2011. (Hat tip: Treehugger).

Here’s one we ought to read: “16 Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity and How to Fix Them.” (Hat tip: Lee Rosen).

Our favorite tweet of the week: “Decided against being the first attorney to be subject to an objection for wearing Google Glass in a deposition.” (Via @BytePatent).

Of late, we’ve been enjoying the Libation Law Blog, which bills itself as a source for “[n]ews, insight and commentary on liquor law and legal developments in alcohol regulation, and the brewing, winemaking, and distilling industries.” It’s run by Ashley Brandt, an attorney in Chicago with Freeborn & Peters LLP. (We note with interest that Mr. Brandt features a Christopher Hichens quotation on his official firm bio.).

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Well, this is our last edition of Friday Links before the Christmas holidays, so we had to bring you the cover above, that of Batman #33 (published way, way back in 1946). Surely, Batman and Robin have been things to be doing, right? I mean, isn’t Alfred the butler employed to handle this very type of situation? Something is askew.

Over at his Torts Blog, Alberto Bernabe directs our attention to some songs about tort reform.

We’re pleased to see that Jeff Richardson at the iPhone J.D. blog fondly remembers the days of computer BBSs. For more on that, see here. Those were definitely the days.

Oscar Ramallo of The Hollywood Reporter offers this piece: “In Search Of A Lawsuit-Proof Band Name.”

Ron Nixon of The New York Times reports on the departure of Inez Tenenbaum as the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Her term expired in November. Tenenbaum, as you might recall, is a South Carolina lawyer.

Congratulations to GWB’s Curtis Ott, a partner in our Columbia, South Carolina office, who was recently sworn in as President of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association (SCDTAA). For more information, see here.

Jennifer Johnsen, a partner in our Greenville, South Carolina office and the chairperson of our firm’s diversity committee, published an op-ed this week entitled “5 Strategies for Promoting Diversity in the Workplace.”

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“There’s the jewel thief — He’s escaping in the stolen ‘Flying Patrolman ‘Copter!” yells someone on the cover of Mr. District Attorney #60, published way, way back in 1957. Here’s our question: Why is the district attorney on the roof of the building apparently chasing a jewel thief? Isn’t he making himself a witness to a crime which would preclude him from prosecuting the thief?

It is Friday the 13th. Yikes. We thought about using the cover of one of the many Friday The 13th comic book adaptations in today’s post, but they were all too violent.

Okay, so, Macaulay Culkin released a pizza themed tribute to the Velvet Underground. Much confusion followed. Take a listen right here.

What happens when a brewery sues a moonshine maker for trademark infringement? See here. (Hat tip: Beer Pulse).

Thanks to the TortsProf blog for linking our recent interview with Professor William Janssen.

Rest in peace, T.R. Fehrenbach. If you’re into Texas history, you must go read his masterpiece, Lone Star: A History Of Texas And The Texans.

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You know, we usually feature law inspired comic book covers in our weekly edition of Friday Links, but today, we thought we’d showcase a legal themed beer label. What better name for a beer than voter fraud? Apparently, Asheville, North Carolina’s own Burial Beer Company teamed up with Oskar Blues Brewery – the Colorado brewery with a heavy presence in Western North Carolina – to create this new concoction. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to try it! For more on the Voter Fraud beer, see here and here.

Headline of the Week: “The Hells Angels Are Surprisingly Litigious.” Now those will be some eventful depositions, we suspect.

You can check out the December 2013 issue of the South Carolina Bar News here! On pages 18 and 19, you can see our own Stuart Mauney’s article on “Revisiting The Lawyers’ Epidemic: Why Lawyers Are Vulnerable To Depression, Suicide, And Substance Abuse.” (That article originally appeared right here at Abnormal Use back in October of this year.)

Samantha Gilman of The Charlotte Observer reports: “Workplace injuries and illnesses drop in North Carolina.”

Get this: A blog called iClass cited our prior post on a federal court using the word “selfie” in a judicial opinion. How about that?

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We hope you are continuing to enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend. Above, you’ll find the cover of Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #63, published way, way back in 1945.

Well, the November issue of the G-Bar News, the official publication of the Greenville, South Carolina Bar Association is out. Click here to read the full issue in PDF format! Check out page 3 of the newsletter for an announcement related to our firm being honored with the 2013 Defense Research Institute’s Law Firm Diversity Award as well as our recent ranking as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report. Then check out page 6 for a “Young Lawyer Profile” of our own Amity Edmonds, one of our workers compensation attorneys in our Greenville office.

News Flash: The updated versions of the U.S. District Court for the District Court of South Carolina’s Local Civil and Criminal Rules – with revisions through November 15, 2013 – can now be found online here.

More GWB news: The South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division Foundation just elected our own Lindsay Joyner to its Board of Governors. Lindsay is an associate in our Columbia office.

South Carolina lawyers, please take note that the Souther Carolina Supreme Court has revised the standard subpoena for use in civil cases. The new form can be found here.

Congrats to Jeff Richardson of the iPhone J.D. blog on five years of legal blogging! That is a huge accomplishment. Way, way back in January of 2011, we interviewed Jeff about legal technology issues, and you can revisit that interview here. Later that year, in June of 2011, we met Jeff – as well as legal blogging guru Ernie Svenson – in New Orleans (about which Ernie wrote here).

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Today, November 22, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In the days and weeks leading up to this somber occasion, you’ve probably seen dozens – perhaps hundreds – of news stories both about the legacy of President Kennedy as well as the most minute details related to his tragic death. We encourage our readers interested in these topics to visit Twitter today, as we are quite certain that it will offer as much information as anyone could ever read.  Here at Abnormal Use, our own Stuart Mauney is a bit of a history buff.  He offers these thoughts on this day:

Where were you when JFK was assassinated 50 years ago today?  I was two years old, probably sitting in front of our TV watching “The Three Stooges” or “Captain Kangaroo.”  At some point, years later, I became fairly obsessed with the assassination and the Kennedy family.  I remember Bobby Kennedy’s body being carried by train after he was killed.  I watched intently as Ted Kennedy tried and failed to win the presidency.  And, I have read several of the hundreds (thousands?) of books on the JFK assassination.  After reading all of that, and watching some of the TV documentaries this week, I have concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman and that there was no conspiracy.  There are many unanswered questions and some inconsistencies, but they do not equal a conspiracy by the CIA, Cuba or the mafia to take down our president.  Do you agree?  Let us know.

There are those of us at Abnormal Use inclined to agree with Stuart. After all, if one places a large historical event under a microscope, inconsistencies are bound to surface. For a truly excellent take on that point, you must watch “The Umbrella Man,” a six minute documentary by filmmaker Errol Morris profiling one of the witnesses in Dallas that fateful day. But, as Stuart requested, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Of course, there are comic books dedicated to the legacy of President Kennedy.  Above, you’ll find the cover of John F. Kennedy published by Dell Comics in the mid-1960′s, likely 1964. Below, we have the cover of Personality Comics Presents John F. Kennedy (American Heroes #2), published not so longer ago in 1992.