Blawg Review #198

The last time I hosted this carnival, we looked to Plato for inspiration: “Wisdom is the chief and leader: next follows temperance; and from the union of these two with courage springs justice.  These four virtues take precedence in the class of divine goods.”

Today, we will find our inspiration in the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.  Without further ado, here are your submissions shoehorned into these categories.


Trying to get rid of the lustful temptations in your neighborhood? You better know the law first.

Do you desire animals sexually? You’re a sicko, but should your reprehensible conduct be illegal?

Don’t mess with Texas … if you are a gang member wanting to sell sex toys.


Go ahead and have that extra beer — if you refuse chemical testing after having a clever conversation with an officer, perhaps you can argue that the conversation proves you were not intoxicated.

Go ahead and have that extra beer — you might be able perform field sobriety testing better after having it.

If there is ever a word drought, Scott Greenfield will be in some serious trouble — he consumes a ton of words each day.  We could have easily dedicated today’s carnival completely to him.  Among other recent posts by Scott is one on not surrendering your professional responsibility to marketers and one on lawyer rat Frank Pignatelli.

Do you have an insatiable desire to use different technological means to communicate with clients.  If so, you better read this post.


Will ESPN kill the Internet?  Brett Trout sounds an alarm.

Want to make a mint? Eric Turkewitz envisions the future of the legal blogosphere.

David Giacalone continues his never-ending fight against the “greed [that] has overwhelmed the service ethic in our profession.”

Bruce MacEwen:  “The billable hour is dead. Long live the billable hour.”

Will the Illinois Supreme Court “reject strike-suit class actions on behalf of uninjured persons?”   Mark Herrmann hopes so.

Why is no-fault auto insurance so expensive in Michigan?  Steven Gursten contends it is because “Michigan auto insurance companies have been gouging consumer[s] while hoarding record-breaking profits for years.”

Are you facing criminal charges in Fort Worth and have money to burn? If so, don’t assume that Shawn Matlock will take your case — he may not be that into you.


Don’t be slothful with your drafting.  If you are, a court may decide that your “and” means “or.”

Would a little slothfulness by police result in more accurate eye witness testimony?

Hey lazy bones — man up and do your civic duty without whining about it on Facebook.


Skelly links to a story of a murder defendant representing himself.

Dan Solove asks why we unleash more wrath on an innocent person than on a guilty person.

Mark Bennett, who  “is famous for having no sense of humor when it comes to totalitarianism,” takes a jab at prosecutors who have recently become defense attorneys.


Is there anything to envy about a law that requires you to remove snow from your car?

Carrying business cards can lead to an enviable experience.


Would pride prevent a prosecutor from permitting a person to prove his innocence through DNA?  Perhaps, but The Innocence Project is “urging the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize that the federal Constitution allows prisoners access to DNA testing that could prove their innocence.”

Are you too proud to stay in a jail populated by riffraff?  Why not ask a judge to allow you to create your own jail? Douglas Berman has the details.

If Illinoisans have learned anything from Blago, it is to never admit to screwing up.  TalkLeft shares such a tale after the dismissal of murder charges.

Proud of your memory? Maybe you shouldn’t be.

Will Scott Ealy, an avid runner, swallow his pride and get off the roads?

Blawg Review has information about next week’s host, and instructions how to get your blawg posts reviewed in upcoming issues.

3 Responses to “Blawg Review #198”

  1. 1 Natalie February 10, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I like this clever way of presenting your favorite blogs. I also like your down-to-earth, endearingly sarcastic tone. Thanks for mentioning Steven Gursten’s take on greedy insurance companies. He has lots more to say about the topic on his blog.

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