Thursday, April 10, 2008

LOUISVILLE: Rocky Top Lawyer Busted on Video Singing an Ode to the Cardinal Faithful

Never "volunteer" to eat bird, be it crow or cardinal, as noted in this post on a local lawyer who sang an ode to the Cards after his Vols got defeated.  This ain't no 'Rocky Top', but the court house blues blew some away:

The Cardinal Lawyer: Eating crow over Cardinals basketball  A local lawyer, Justin Brown, was forced to eat crow when the Louisville Cardinals defeated his Tennessee Volunteers in the NCAA men's basketball tournament:

Saturday, January 19, 2008

PROPOSED HB: House Bill 199 (Maintaining privacy in court records)

Introduced by Rep. Larry Belcher on January 8, 2008, to require that certain court records not contain private indentifying data when released to the public.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

FUNNY: If you thought "On the Cover of the ABA" was funny, then "My Will" might just be your last temptation as he follows the Temps "My Girl" with a last bequest

West Virginia attorney Bob Noone was a riot in his satirical rendition of "On the Cover of the ABA" which we posted yesterday. See, eg., FUNNY: "On the Cover of the ABA" by W.Va. Lawyer Bob Noone

This was not the only YouTube video of his troupe, Bob Noone and the Well Hung Jury, as it performed at the West Virginia Bar Convention at the Greenbrier.

If you liked that one, then you'll love "My Will".

As some of you might know, I am a native West Virginian, and agraduate of Marshall University and Washington and Lee Law School.  Thus I have a certain affinity with the Mountain State.

My suggestion to the KBA or KJA is why not hire these folks for your next convention?


This is a hilarious song by Bob Noone & the Well Hung Jury about a decedent in waiting with the heirs, legatees, devisees, and more looking for money in all the wrong places.

Available at on Bob's CD, "2nd Helping of Chicken Suit for the Lawyer's Soul," and on his DVD, "Bob Noone & the Well Hung Jury Live at the Greenbrier Resort."

Monday, November 19, 2007

FUNNY: "On the Cover of the ABA" by W.Va. Lawyer Bob Noone

I just loved this "YouTube" video of fellow West Virginia lawyer Bob Noone.  Now, this is funny.

Hilarious song by Bob Noone & the Well Hung Jury about a lawyer's dream of being on the cover of the ABA Journal. Available at on Bob's CD, "2nd Helping of Chicken Suit for the Lawyer's Soul," and on his DVD, "Bob Noone & the Well Hung Jury Live at the Greenbrier Resort". To go to the actual song as posted at the You Tube site, click on --> "On the Cover of the ABA" and to go to his web site to obtain his albums, then click or


Saturday, March 03, 2007

2007 AG Race: Stan Lee's Moustache

Leestanmoustache01 Representative Stan Lee (R)  (a/k/a the "Stache") has now placed his ability to grow facial hair into the political debate in his race for Kentucky Attorney General, thus making his mustache now a political prop for the political pundits. See, Bluegrass Report, Stan Lee (R).

At last month's Lincoln Day lunch in Jessamine county, this is what Stan had to say to a charged and partisan-supportive crowd.

"I am going to win this race because I have been an attorney for twenty years, which is also the same amount of time it would take little Jack Conway to grow a moustache."

Click here for source of quote.  Click here for the face that accompanies that "stache".

Actually, this quote is not only entirely irrelevant to the political debate, but is offered as a reminder that in this new age of campaigning, you are never entirely off the record and what may appeal to the supporters in the crowd comes off a little poorly in the context of the print media. 

But throughout this post, do not forget who threw facial hair into the fracas!  None other than Stan himself who thought it worthy of a joke for a serious office with serious issues in need of serious candidates.

The political hyperbole aside.  Click here for some information on Jack Conway who not only has experience as a lawyer, but has served in state government and was a strong challenger for Congress.  See also, Jack Conway (D) Nabs Labor Endorsements For Attorney General Bid.

And here is Stan Lee's website.

Worse yet, the "Stache" was also a tad incorrect since the "Stache" has rounded up his accumulated years of experience as a lawyer. He was admitted to the bar in 1988, but we all know that "twenty" years is a much better sound byte than "18", "19" or "nearly 20".  Click here for his bio at his firm's web site.

Updated:  I thought it only fair to compare Stan's "Stache" to those others who have been in the news over the years as a basis of comparison.  Some may ruminate on how cool the stache is, or why not some sideburns, or even a goatee!

Since Stan is an insurance defense lawyer, we all know he has a darn good sense of humor and can chuckle over this development as the rest of the world wonders if he is also a "Dapper Dan Man".

Here are others whose staches have been a part of their visual trademarks:Leestanmoustache_1Moustachealbert_einstein_head Moustacheholmesoliverwendel

MoustachesirclaudemacdonaldMoustachefriedrich_nietzscheMoustachecharlesevanhughes_1MoustacheburnsideambroseMoustachedoylearthurconan Moustachecharlie_chaplin


Top Row:

Stan Lee; Albert Einstein; Oliver Wendel Holmes

Middle Row:

Sir Claude McDonald; Friedrich Nietzsche; Charles Evans Hughes

Bottom Road:

Gen. Ambrose Burnsides; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Charlie Chaplin

Well, Albert had the wild hair; Oliver had the patrician look; McDonald the medals; Nietzsche the psyche; Charles the beard; Ambrose the sideburns; Arthur had Sherlock; and Charlie the boulder.

And let us not forget that Alexander the Great assumed the throne of Macedonia at the ripe old age of 20 and then conquered much of the known world without a moustache, beard, sideburns, or goatee; Thomas Jefferson was writing the Declaration of Independence at the age of 33 without benefit of facial hair; and Alexander Hamilton was writing the Federalist Papers at 31 (but he did wear a wig). 

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Legal Humor: Hoosier Lawyer Post on NASA Astronaut's Release on Low Bond IS humorous and witty

Hoosier Lawyer Stephen M. Terrell displays humor in the law with this bit of an ironic twist in his posting at LITTLE IRONIES IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

I won't ruin the suspense; but it brought a smile to me.  Now that was mildly funny.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court Bobbleheads

I don't know whether to laugh or cry, or just wonder why a judicial bobblehead is available and why I don't have one.  From How Appealing blog is "Justice Kennedy bobbleheads are here!"

Imagine if you had your own judge or justice bobblehead on your desk and in the privacy of your office your could . . . .  Nah, I think I will keep my old judge's hammer from when I was a military judge and just bang, bang the desk like there is no tomorrow. 

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Don McNay Book Signing on Monday, October 9th at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington

The official kick off of Don McNay’s debut book, The Unbridled World of Ernie Fletcher: Reflections on Kentucky’s Governor will be Monday, October 9th at 7 p.m. at his book signing at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Ky. 

At the event, McNay will do a presentation, book reading, book signing and participate in a Q&A.

In the book, McNay, a syndicated columnist, dissects Fletcher’s colorful array  of political victories, disappointments and indictments to unmask the leader and give Kentuckians new perspective on the big question of how did Fletcher go from cleaning up the mess to ending up in one.

“This is not a biography,” stated McNay, “But a basis for shedding new light on Governor Fletcher’s journey to his current political state and future as governor.”

Having been inspired to return to writing by Fletcher’s inauguration after a twenty year hiatus, McNay has made a successful career out of the Governor’s credits, failures, ignorance and unconventional behavior.

McNay writes, “I can’t imagine another governor buzzing the United States Capitol in an airplane, building a secret door to their office, or driving a limo the 500 feet between their office and home.”

Using rock n’ roll analogies coupled with a sense of humor, McNay’s book tackles important political issues effecting Kentuckians and reveals insightful parallels into Governor Fletcher’s rocky attempts to “cleaning up the mess in Frankfort.”

In an excerpt from the book, McNay writes:      
“Like Frank Sinatra, Governor Fletcher has had his ups and downs in life. Sticking the state with a $645,075 bill for a bumper sticker was not one of his up moments.”

Al Cross, political writer and Director of the Institute of Rural Journalism and Community Issues, proclaims, “Don McNay came to journalism relatively late, but he quickly proved that he has some attributes of fine journalists—a nose for news, a sense of justice, a capacity for outrage about injustice, a sympathy for the average person, and a willingness to speak truth to power.”

John Eckberg, business reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer and author of Road Dog and The Success Effect, praises McNay for his fearlessness and willingness to take on powerful interests.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Ky Meanderings: England Swings and Other Things

LawReader in the form of CEO Gwen Billingsley and Senior Editor Stan Billingsley (a/k/a the retired judge) is on a European tour to find some uncommon law in our common law origins (just kidding!). 

They will entertain the readers with stories and vignettes of sights and visions, and hopefully will kontinue with a Kentucky konnection thereto.  Here is the first one.  Click here for future posts at LawReader.

I am thinking about a trip to my former stomping grounds in West Virginia (home of the Mothman legend!) looking for poetic justice.

Think I can pay for the trip myself and write it off on my taxes???  Well, as one accountant said to me once  --- some of his best work has never been audited.  JUST KIDDING AGAIN!!

LawReader has sent CEO Gwen Billingsley and Senior Editor Stan Billingsley overseas.

LawReader has sent CEO Gwen Billingsley and Senior Editor Stan Billingsley overseas.

Gwen will explore new markets. Stan is looking for a country that provides criminal immunity to its government officials as does Kentucky.   Follow their wanderings on this page beginning Saturday August 19th.

Gwen and I arrived in London at 2:30 a.m. e.s.t. 7:30 a.m.  on England time.

We received report on Judge Melcher’s ruling re: his theory of official act immunity.  In his decision Judge Melcher cited Fitzgerald v. Nixon, a U.S. Supreme Court case from l982.

That decision related to a civil claim filed by a government employee who was discharged.  The ruling held that the President was immune from civil actions.  It does not grant immunity from criminal acts.

We are looking for a country that grants criminal immunity from prosecution to government officials.  Seems they settled that issue in England with the Magna Carta.  That historic event ended the concept of the Divine right of Kings and subjugated them to liability for acts which violated laws passed by Parliament.

So we can mark England off the list.  Only Kentucky, thanks to Judge Melcher recognizes such a theory.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Elsewhere: Notice of Appeal by Pro Se Litigant In Washington State

I was emailed a link to the following Notice of Appeal filed by a pro se litigant out of the United States District Court, Western District of State of Washington.

Just to make sure noone was spoofing me, I went to Pacer and searched for it, and there it was.  Making anatomical references about the judge of the lower court is not exactly the height of persuasive written discourse.

CLICK HERE to read the document in Swinyer v. Cole, 3:04-CV-05348-RBL.

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