Bitter News, 9-24-09

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as big and joyous as a 19-pound newborn baby:

• It’s all fun and games til Marty Singer gets involved. Grey’s Anatomy actor Eric Dane and his wife Rebecca Gayheart are pissed and have decided not to take Gawker’s posting of a nekked video of them lying down.  (Nor are they going to take it on a bed or rub-dub-dubin’ in a tub with a former beauty queen, for that matter.) They have heavyweight celebrity lawyer Singer on their side now, and he has filed a lawsuit and will now to try and scare Gawker Media chief Nick Denton into coughing up $1 million.  But a tweet from Denton reminded all of Singer’s famous words: “If you don’t want a sex tape on the internet, “don’t make one!” (A copy of the complaint is now available on Gawker.) [The New York Times]

• “Wrongly convicted Texas man sues lawyer over fees” After 25 years in prison?  Why the hell not?  Go for it.  [AP via the Houston Chronicle]

• Let’s play a game called “Name that BigLaw Tagline.” Round 1: “One Firm Worldwide.” Yep, Jones Day. “Everything Matters?” Hm.  Tick tock.  Sorry, it’s DLA Piper.  These two plus 99 others are included in this year’s roundup of 101 BigLaw tagline / branding devices.  [Stem]

• Late to the party, another person now wonders what’s the point of all these deferred BigLaw start dates.  Basic law of traffic means they’re just causing a bottleneck for 2010’s grads.  [The Atlantic]

• Here’s where praying can be a nasty habit: Judge okays a lunchtime prayer given by a school athletic director who was facing six months in jail and $5,000 in fines for violating a prayer ban.  He says he had just been doing it for so many years that he forgot.  [USA Today]

• Not to get all Seinfeld, but what’s the deal with those cameras at red lights that deliver tickets to your mailbox?  (Warning: They apparent don’t only give tickets for running the light any more, you can also get ticketed for not fully stopping before making a right turn on red.) Are they legal?  One judge was quoted: “You don’t pay them, I can’t make you pay them. There is no provision for an arrest warrant to be issued.” But the camera companies are apparently now prying on connected lawyers to secure contracts to grow the biz.  So what about the rumors that they’re easily dismissed?  While some are having luck contesting them in court, others are not.  []

• Here’s a solid, serious question: Who do you think scores better groupies—lawyer Barack or old man Clinton?  [Asylum]

• How to keep a booted lawyer down: “The state’s high court said yesterday that a disbarred lawyer must stay in debtor’s jail for now, because he owes $1.5 million to a Brewster woman once charged with hiring her lover to murder her husband.” []

• The police conducted a nine-hour raid of the home of drug dealer Michael Difalco.  But little did the police know that Difalco had a webcam set up in his living room.  So the cops took a little mid-raid break from drug and weapons hunting, and they played some Wii Bowling on the drug dealer’s console—all while Difalco was recording it.  Needless to say, the sheriff’s kinda pissed.  [CBS News via Jonathan Turley via Legal Blog Watch]

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