Bitter News, 6-8-09

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as accounted for as the cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:

• White & Case has become the headline poster-child firm for the death of BigLaw. Hugh Verrier, W&C’s chairman, has been the one in charge of slashing associates and holiday party budgets in anticipation of the looming “potential paradigm shift as fundamental as the one that has hit investment banks and the auto industry.” And in the world’s legal capital, “the mood at White & Case — and at probably 15 or 20 more firms in New York — is kind of like sitting at a deathbed and watching a close relative wither away.” It’s dropping bombs on Type A’s and massive egos everywhere.  [The New York Times]

• Though Justice Thomas and Judge Sotomayor may be sharing a lot of comparisons lately (minority status, humble beginnings and Yale Law just about the only things they have in common), one area they’re definitely not being compared in is income. Thomas earned $300,000 in royalties last year (for a total of roughly $1.5 million) from his 2007 autobiography My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir.  That’s slightly more than the $208,100 he earned from the Supreme Court and the $25,830 for teaching at various universities. Depsite Thomas being one of the least wealthy justices, it’s something Sotomayor can aspire to given she’s one of the poorest appointees in recent history[AP via]

• Judge Sotomayor may have been taken out at the ankles today, but it wasn’t by former First Lady Laura Bush.  While Sotomayor showed her true grit by hobbling to Washington meetings despite breaking her ankle in LGA, L. Bush finds her to be a “very interesting and good nominee.” [New York Daily News]

• A men’s civil rights issue has risen up after some “hard time.” An ex-con is suing a prison nurse who allegedly sent him back to his cell after medication side effects gave him a painful erection that wouldn’t go away…..for 55 hours.  That’s a schwiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing of the likes I’ve never heard.  [New York Post]

• The Supreme Court has been having a busy Monday so far:

—Kagan is urging them to allow Chrysler’s sale to Italian Fiat despite harm to employees. [Reuters]

* Update: Ginsburg delayed it / Dewey & LeBoeuf says it’ll be brief. [Bloomberg]

—They refused to review a policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. [AP]
—They ruled for the first time that “the Constitution can require an elected judge to step aside in a particular case based on campaign spending in state judicial races.” [NYT]

• St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa’s lawsuit against Twitter for allowing an impersonator to tweet messages under his name has been met with efforts to protect identities on the micro-blogging service. While Twitter believes their terms of service are fair and will be upheld in a court enough to keep them from settling La Russa’s suit, which is “an unnecessary waste of judicial resources bordering on frivolous,” in a blog post from Biz Stone, Twitter’s co-founder, Twitter will begin Account Verification.  Can someone please verify that the name “Biz Stone” is allowed to exist outside of a Days of Our Lives script?  [San Francisco Chronicle]

• Plaxico is under the gun again.  This time figuratively.  Former NY Giants receiver Plaxico Burress is “deathly afraid” of jailtime, and with only a few days til he’s due in court on weapons charges (following a brilliant, self-inflicted shooting), his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, is desperately seeking a plea deal or a delay of trial in hopes of getting him on the gridiron for the 2009 season. [ESPN]

• Gov. Sarah Palin’s lawyers are defending a speech she gave recently introducing Michael Reagan (President Reagan’s son) to an Alaska audience arguing that an article co-written by Newt Gingrich she paraphrased was properly attributed. []

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  • Compassion

    I feel sooooooooo sorry for the inmate.  Bad, bad, bad nurse.  Sue her ass.