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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bizarro SCOTUS brief; San Angelo - a best place to live?

Biglaw Partner Could Get Supreme Spanking For Bizarre Filing
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case of Sigram Schindler Beteiligungsgesellschaft MBH v. Lee (aka “thank God for copy/paste”). No big deal; SCOTUS denies the vast majority of cases that people want it to hear.

But the Court simultaneously issued a very unusual order in connection with the case (via Josh Blackman):

Howard Neil Shipley, of Washington, D.C., is ordered to show cause, within 40 days, why he should not be sanctioned for his conduct as a member of the Bar of this Court in connection with the petition for a writ of certiorari in No. 14-424, Sigram Schindler Beteiligungsgesellschaft MBH v. Lee.

The petition, posted online Monday night by blogger Josh Blackman, is unorthodox in style, replete with technical jargon, acronyms and unusual typography. For example, the “question presented,” the first opportunity for a petitioner to get the court’s attention, reads this way:

Does the US Constitution, in legal decisions based on 35 USC §§ 101/102/103/112, • require instantly avoiding the inevitable legal errors in construing incomplete and vague classical claim constructions – especially for “emerging technology claim(ed invention)s, ET CIs”—by construing for them the complete/concise refined claim constructions of the Supreme Court’s KSR/Bilski/Mayo/Myriad/Biosig/Alice line of unanimous precedents framework, or does the US Constitution for such decisions • entitle any public institution to refrain, for ET CIs, for a time it feels feasible, from proceeding as these Supreme Court precedents require—or meeting its requirements just by some lip-service—and in the meantime to construe incomplete classical claim constructions, notwithstanding their implied legal errors?

Four Texas cities on Forbes best places to retire list -
I agree wholeheartedly on Austin and Fredericksburg. But San Angelo and Abilene, as Bob Dylan said, is this some kind of joke?

More humor: 

Kentucky - 5 million people, 15 last names.

I'm not racist - I hate Obama's white half too.

1 comment:

  1. Rep Joe Moody of El Paso recently introduced a bill in Texas which decriminalizes marijuana. I support the bill, but more important than the legislation was the way Moody pitched it to the citizens of Texas, in my opinion. He quoted arrest statistics and noted that the fines collected for the possession do not cover the cost of enforcement, and that MJ was creating an economic drain on law enforcement. I commend Rep Moody’s honesty, but his statements underscore a sad reality in Texas, and that is law enforcement is moving towards a “for profit” business. Implicit in Moody’s argument is the position that law enforcement should focus more on “profit centers”. This is certainly not news to me, but it is the first time a legislator has been honest out the current state of affairs.

    Kerrville is perhaps the worst venue in Texas regarding policing for money. The Amos Barton Police Chapter is still fresh in my mind, as well as the Mike Chapman era in KCSO.

    It is no wonder people are losing respect for the system.