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Here’s the trial lawyers guide to those difficult to read, hard to interpret, and impossible to reconcile appellate decisions.

Attribute Everything Mysterious To ‘Quantum Flux’

A reading of Gabriel Fournier’s The Eclipse Of Infinity reveals that the new science-fiction novel makes more than 80 separate references to "quantum flux," a vaguely defined force the author uses to advance the plot, resolve conflict as needed, and account for dozens of glaring inconsistencies.


/hat tip the Onion, one of my favorite newspapers.

Lynndie England of Abu Ghraib fame will be speaking about her autobiography this Friday, 14 August 2009, at noon, at the Madison Building of the Library of Congress , Room LM139.

LCPA Veterans Forum
August 14, 2009, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
LM 139 First floor James Madison building
Lynndie England discusses her biography "Tortured: Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib and the Photographs That Shocked the World." Contact: (202) 707-5034

/tip Jim Klimaski

We previously noted the serious allegations against attorney Paul Bergrin for alleged racketeering, witness tampering, and murder.

Stunning development

David Kocieniewski, Lawyer’s Ways Spelled Murder, U.S. Is Charging, NY Times, 20 May 2009.  In June Mr. Bergrin plead not guilty to these charges, according to

Sarah Rice, The Star-Ledger
Mr. Bergrin has had a prominent role in defending a number of military personnel.

Here another stunning development.  Here is a report of his having plead guilty in a different case involving a prostitution ring and acting as counsel for the “ring.”

N.J. lawyer pleads guilty to helping run N.Y. prostitution ring, by Joe Ryan/The Star-Ledger.

Bergrin, a former Army major with a thin mustache, wore a dark grey pinstriped suit and red tie today as he stood before Judge Thomas Farber in lower Manhattan. Afterward, he expressed relief at pleading guilty to a misdemeanor. …

Authorities say that’s when Bergrin took over the business. The lawyer was arrested in 2007, charged in indictments with money laundering, conspiracy, promoting prostitution and misconduct by an attorney.

But in the end, prosecutors agreed to much lesser charges. Bergrin faces up to three years probation and must forfeit $50,000 when sentenced Sept. 15. He did not plead guilty to a felony and, consequently, will not automatically lose his right to practice law, said his attorney, Gerald Shargel.

NewsFort Benning

Thursday, Jul. 16, 2009

Retired general, lieutenant colonel join reservist’s lawsuit over Obama’s birth status; General, lieutenant colonel join suit similar to 2 already thrown out

By Lily Gordon –

The government, in its response to the suit, claims that Cook’s suit is “moot” in that he already has been told he doesn’t have to go to Afghanistan, so the relief he is seeking has been granted.

Here is an interesting tidbit from about this major unwilling to serve.

On May 8, Cook submitted a formal written request to Human Resources Command-St. Louis volunteering to serve one year in Afghanistan with Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Central Command, beginning July 15, Quon said.

The soldier’s orders were issued on June 9.

Hollister v. Soetoro, No. 08-2254 (D.C. 3 May 2009).

Mr. Berg and Lawrence J. Joyce, an attorney who lives in Tucson, Arizona, signed the complaint in this case. (They have been filing electronically although they have not been admitted pro hac vice, see [#10].) They are agents provocateurs –- and any attempt to sanction them for misuse of the public and private resources that have had to be devoted to this case would only give them a forum to continue their provocation. John D. Hemenway, on the other hand, is a member of the Bar of this Court. He may have been enlisted by Messrs. Berg and Joyce as a foot soldier in their crusade, but he is nevertheless directly responsible to this Court for the pleadings that have been filed on behalf of the plaintiff. Because it appears that the complaint in this case may have been presented for an improper purpose such as to harass; and that the interpleader claims and other legal contentions of plaintiff are not warranted by existing law or by non-frivolous arguments for extending, modifying or reversing existing law or for establishing new law, the accompanying order of dismissal requires Mr. Hemenway to show cause why he has not violated Rules 11(b)(1) and 11(b)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and why he should not be required to pay reasonable attorneys fees and other expenses to counsel for the defendants.

United States District Judge

Dianna Cotter, Breaking: Major has orders revoked, by questioning Obama’s legitimacy,, 14 July 2009.

This story has been slipping under the Main Stream Media Radar for some time now.

U.S. Army Major Stefan Frederick Cook Filed a restraining order asking for legitimate confirmation that his Commander in Chief was legitimately in Office, giving him his orders to Deploy to Afghanistan with his unit.

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