A long-running war of words between an Australian and the official Scrabble body has finally been declared a draw by a state court.
The Victoria state magistrates’ court ruled the local chapter of the Australian Scrabble Players’ Association must overturn a years-old ruling that retired teacher Mohammed Hegazi had behaved in a manner “unbecoming” to the popular boardgame.
But Hegazi failed to persuade the court to declare he had never cheated while playing the 77-year-old game that’s played in 121 countries in 29 languages, Hegazi’s lawyer Robert Frajsman said.
Hegazi was also ordered to pay costs of A$3,000 (€2,000). ...
I find it hard to follow the thought process that led to the complaint being made in the first place. There must be thousands of books and articles that identify Stalin as the murderer of millions, without legal action from the grandson, and "bloodthirsty cannibal" almost seems mild in comparison. Perhaps he has a particular animus against tautology...
Would be interesting to learn what the Russian courts would make of it these days
The Brazilian judge presiding over criminal proceedings against charismatic entrepreneur Eike Batista, once Brazil’s richest man, was seen driving a Porsche belonging to the fallen tycoon that had been seized by the court.
Flavio Roberto de Souza, who is overseeing Batista’s trial for insider trading, was seen driving the white Porsche Cayenne by reporters for Estado de S Paulo’s news agency after a tip-off from Batista’s lawyer.
The car was one of several luxury vehicles confiscated by police earlier this month following a court order. Media said investigators had seized the cars because of concerns Batista had been selling or donating assets that were frozen as part of the insider trading case.
When asked why he was driving the Porsche, Souza told local business daily Valor Economico: “The Federal Police did not have a safe place for the car and it was exposed to sun, rain and possible damage. As I want the car to be preserved in good condition, I took it to a covered parking space (in the building where I live).” ...
A man cannot seek damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet at a restaurant, a New Jersey appellate court has ruled.
The ruling upheld a lower court ruling which dismissed his lawsuit. The man claimed a waitress did not warn him the dish was hot, but the lower court found the food posed an “open and obvious” danger.
The incident happened at an Applebee’s in Burlington County in 2010. The man said he bowed his head, then heard a loud sizzle followed by a grease pop. He then felt a burning sensation in his left eye and on his face. The man said he panicked and knocked the food on his lap, causing more burns. The burns did not cause scarring.
A Ferguson judge singled out by the Justice Department for the aggressive fines he has handed out reportedly owes the Internal Revenue Service about $170,000.
Judge Ronald Brockmeyer has a backlog of taxes due to the US government going back to 2007, according to the Guardian. The judge’s fining policies were singled out by the DOJ investigation into the Ferguson Police Department and city court system, and were found to be aggressive and used to unfairly target African Americans.
The federal tax liens filed against Judge Brockmeyer are for tens of thousands of dollars in overdue personal income taxes from multiple joint filings with his wife, Amy, according to tax filings obtained by the Guardian. He also owes tens of thousands in employer taxes for his law firm and an annual employer-paid tax meant to fund unemployment benefits. Since November 2013, Brockmeyer has paid off another three overdue tax bills totaling $64,599. ...
I have a paper copy somewhere that I picked up in perhaps 1991, at a performance of Volcano Theatre Company's Medea Sexwar, which sort of combined the stories of Jason and the Golden Fleece an the SCUM manifesto.