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In case ‘whatever’ turns you on We should have run this in time for you to attend, but it slipped our minds. Lawrence Solum’s legal theory blog said we missed the Second Workshop on Vagueness, held in Italy Jan. 9 and 10 at the University of Bologna. Speakers went from several countries, but it looks as if people from St. Andrews University dominated. Philosophy Professor Crispin Wright, who divides his time between there and New York University, was on the schedule to start things off with “Introduction: The State of Play.” After lunch, the program was set to meander on to a German who addressed “Wright on Knowledge in Borderline Cases” and another St. Andrews professor who spoke on “The Unexplained Supervenience Objection.” Truly unexplained is how the continuing legal education people missed this one. Uga Uga Uga . . . A decade after John Berendt’s book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil appeared, there’s something of a revival, Sonny Seiler reports. Seiler, of Savannah, Ga.’s Bouhan, Williams & Levy, successfully defended antique dealer Jim A. Williams in the murder trials at the core of the best-seller. He also played the judge in the movie. Seiler owns Uga VI, the English bulldog who is the University of Georgia’s mascot. He’s owned generations of Ugas back to 1956. “They all kind of blur together into one dog,” Seiler says, “and they are damned good dogs.” One Uga had a cameo in the movie. Another made the cover of Sports Illustrated. Now Uga VI has his own movie, a dogumentary, Damned Good Dog: The Story of a Family, Their Pet, and 92,058 of Their Closest Friends. Producer Erica McCarthy told the Associated Press she hopes to finish the film this spring, show it on the festival circuit and air it on the HBO cable TV network during the football season. Kiddie violence When Michael A. Bamberger, a partner in the New York office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, asked colleagues for examples of violence in fairy tales, the response was overwhelming. “I got 500 e-mails,” he said. “It shows how children’s literature stays with you . . . .Pretty soon we were having discussions about whether a witch is a person.” And is a witch an authority figure? She was in Hansel and Gretel and the kids stuffed her into an oven. Presumably, selling a child a video game depicting that would be criminal under a new law in Washington state. Kids can’t buy video games that show the harming of law enforcement figures. Bamberger represents amici, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression among others, challenging the law under the First Amendment. On Jan. 29, he sent a fairy tale-laden brief to Judge Robert S. Lasnik in Seattle. “Have you read the pre-Disney Cinderella?” he asked, in awe over the dripping blood that undid the stepsisters who cut their feet to try to fit the slipper. Indianapolis and St. Louis tried to keep youths from violent computer or video games, but lost in the 7th and 8th circuits. Washington’s protection of law officers is new. Departures There’s nothing like a new year to inspire alternative sentences. In Houston, Criminal Court at Law Judge Larry Standalley ordered James Lee Cross, convicted of slapping his wife, to attend a yoga course. In Santa Fe, N.M., Municipal Judge Frances Gallegos makes drunk drivers wear pink hats while picking up trash. In Butler Co., Pa., Judge George Hancher ordered Jennifer Langston, whose car fatally veered into a man’s car as she talked on her cellphone, to carry, at all times, a photo of him lying in his coffin.

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