Loose Ends, 10-4-08

Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom:

Unlucky #13.  That’s how many hours O.J. Simpson’s jury deliberated before returning their verdict: Guilty on charges.  [ESPN]

A case is pleaded in court by one Mr. A. Mea Culpa (real name) who claims to not be at fault for speeding, running red lights and ignoring stop signs because his bladder was so full.  Responds the judge: “Did your father ever teach you the Latin phrase, ‘ignorantia juris non excusat?’ It means, ‘ignorance of the law is no excuse.’ And that’s all I have to say to you, Mea Culpa. You are guilty on all counts. Case closed.” You’ve got to read it to believe it.  [TribStar.com]

The tug o’ war between Wells Fargo and Citigroup has each side pulling their might to take over Wachovia.  “‘I’m still not convinced that Citigroup can force this sale to happen,’ said Elizabeth Nowicki, a professor at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans and a former M&A lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell.” When banks compete, I win, right?  Oh, wait, that’s just the commercial tagline for Lending Tree.  Hm.  [Bloomberg]

Gov. Palin disclosed her tax returns from 2006 and 2007 yesterday.  [AP]

And you can see how her data compares to McCain, Obama and apparently-doesn’t-like-to-donate-to-charity Biden.  [TaxProf Blog]

The SEC is on the case of investigating a false report that Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs had a heart attack.  The erroneous news dropped shares 9% almost immediately.  The likelihood is, however, that the situation inspired Jobs to add a defibrillator to the next generation of iPhones.  Clear!  [Los Angeles Times]

Browse the magazine cover stories you feel like reading this weekend in advance.  [Slate]