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Say What?

“My recalcitrance to extend First Amendment protection to the slogan at hand [I ♥ Boobies] is simple—why is this word, boobies, different? Why does it deserve protection?”

—Judge Joseph Greenaway of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dissenting in B.H. v. Easton Area School District (Aug. 5).

A Big Fish


The amount of prize money that Washington, D.C., lawyer Jim Czaban won for catching a 276-pound tuna this summer at the 40th anniversary White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md.

Survey Says

87 percent of chief brand protection officers of Fortune 1,000 companies say the U.S. government is not doing enough to protect U.S. businesses from copyright and trademark infringement.

Source: 2013 Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Data Survey, Consero Group, Aug. 19.

History, with Crayons

Looking for something to entertain the little ones who might periodically appear in your office waiting room? Or are you just beginning to search for the perfect holiday gift for that aspiring young lawyer in your life?

Look no further. Former ABA Journal editor Jenny B. Davis has published the newest version of her U.S. Supreme Court coloring book. It’s been updated to include Justice Elena Kagan. “It’s a great way to introduce real role models and history to kids,” says Davis.

Did You Know?

61 percent of deaths in local jails in 2011 were due to suicide or heart disease.

Between 2000 and 2011, there were 41 suicides per 100,000 inmates, while 31 deaths per 100,000 inmates were attributable to heart disease.

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Aug. 13.


The annual cost per inmate in a New York City jail for 2012.

Source: New York City Independent Budget Office, Aug. 22.

$196 million

The amount of criminal fines that defendants in antitrust cases agreed to pay the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division through the first half of this year.

Source: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s 2013 Mid-Year Criminal Antitrust and Competition Law Update, July 11.

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