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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom:

We’re still a ways off from powering up SCOTUS with enough solar panels to be able to clearly see the Justices’ hemp robes, but just how “green” is the high court?  [Law.com]

You can call Naomi Campbell a lot of things, but—for the love of God—whatever you do, don’t call her pregnant.  She’ll get all lawyerly wit cha.  [New York Post]

Need to convince a stubborn jury?  That’s simple: Warm them up.  The next time you’re delivering your deft-as-usual closing argument, offering them coffee—or fresh-baked cookies.  Don’t be shy.  Research supports it.  [Los Angeles Times]

Likely wishing he was Britney, the former minor league pitcher who killed his girlfriend’s cat has his lawyer busy trying to strike a plea deal to hopefully avoid another trial.  Was tabby cat Norman a victim of animal cruelty?  Perhaps a new Animal Blawg will help decide.  [Washington Post]

If your insurance covers an unplanned pregnancy resulting from unprotected sex, should it also cover you if you pick up an STD from unsafe coitus?  “The Supreme Court of Canada agreed Thursday to consider whether a B.C. man is entitled to $200,000 in disability insurance for being rendered paraplegic after having unprotected sex.” Hm.  Wonder if insurance ever covers post traumatic stress disorder after regrettably “taking one for the team?” [Canada.com]

In news-as-news news, The New York Times is endorsing Barack Obama for President.  Though The Times traditionally supports a candidate, it always seems like an interesting thing for a newspaper to do.  And seems to blatantly contradict the following mention on The New York Times Company’s Policy on Ethics in Journalism: “Journalists do not take part in politics. While staff members are entitled to vote and to register in party primaries, they must do nothing that might raise questions about their professional neutrality or that of our news operations. In particular, they may not campaign for, demonstrate for, or endorse candidates, ballot causes or efforts to enact legislation.” [Reuters]

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