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September 23rd, 2010


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08:40 pm - THE MOST INTERESTING CASE BRIEF I WILL EVER READ
Today we were trained on how to use Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis (the two big online legal search databases) and I was exposed to what I am sure will be the most interesting case brief that I will ever read no matter how long my legal career might last.

The case was Mayo v. Satan and His Staff.

Next to Cthulhu, Satan is my most favorite evil deity, so the name of the case -- and its potential promises -- obviously caught my eye.

It lived up to my expectations.

In the 1970s, a man from Pennsylvania actually took the time to draft a complaint and spend the court fees to file a suit against Satan and His Staff. Why? Because apparently Satan and his staff (whom are awesomely referred to as "minions" in the complaint) "put obstacles in [Mayo's] path" and -- and -- caused Mayo's "downfall" (which is never fully explained). It's funny enough that this complaint was filed, but even better is that the court decided not to throw it out, but address the legal issues that were raised and publish them.

So what did the court in Pennsylvania find? One: that it did not have proper jurisdiction because Satan lives in Hell [insert obligatory rural-Pennsylvania-is-Hell-joke here] and Two: the rules of civil procedure were not followed because Satan and His Staff were never properly served with the suit. Satan never got the paperwork and therefore couldn't be expected to show up in court. Ha! LAW SUIT FAIL.

I am so glad that this case exists...and so bummed that I read it before classes officially start. What is left for me to discover now?

Current Music: Diplo - "Red Hot Chili Peppers v. Ward 21"

Current Visualization: Linear Diagram Depicting Things That I Am Looking Forward To -- on one end of the diagram is The Social Network (OMG! Sorkin's script was brilliant! David Fincher is one of the best American director's working today! It's totally topical!). On the other end of the diagram is Civil Procedure (omg...it's going to be like learning how to play the world's most boring game of chess...is it possible to commit suicide using a Civ Pro hornbook? I hope so.)

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