BarMax, a new player in the bar exam test prep business has announced that every member of the Harvard Law School class of 2011 will receive a free copy of the BarMax materials. Not that Harvard grads really need it, since they're quite likely to have jobs at big firms who will foot the bill for test prep.
BarMax was founded by two Harvard grads to offer an alternative to the existing outrageously priced prep classes. The BarMax products, available on iPhone and iPad through the iTunes store, are priced at $499 for the MBE, and $999 for state exams (only offering NY and CA). So...yeah, still pretty pricey (compare to Kaplan's 500 flash card set for the MBE, $63 on Amazon).
The real advantage with BarMax is that you don't have to haul around 50 pounds of books to study.
Alabama State Senate Gerald Allen (Tuscaloosa) has introduced a bill that would amend the Alabama Constitution to exclude foreign law, international law, and Sharia law from consideration in Alabama courts:
The courts provided for in subsection (a), when exercising their judicial authority, shall uphold and adhere to the law as provided in the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, the United States Code, federal regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, established common law, the Code of Alabama 1975, and rules promulgated thereto, and if necessary the law of another state of the United States, provided the law of the other state does not include Sharia, in making judicial decisions. The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to all cases before the respective courts including, but not limited to, cases of first impression.
Shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures? You mean like English common law? Cripes! We're doomed! And no consideration of "international law?" That's odd. Aren't a lot of international laws the product of treaties ratified by Congress? We suspect Allen has simply confused the concepts of a foreign nation's laws and international law. You see, the "inter-" part of the word means something. Funny the way language works.
When asked, Allen could point to no instance of a court attempting to use Sharia law, but said the amendment was designed to protect Alabama's future from the growing threat of Islam.
If Sharia does ever become law in Alabama, we imagine state representative Alvin Holmes will have something to say about Islam's prohibitions on alcohol: "Yo! What's wrong with the beer we got?" He probably supports the bill's ban on the consideration of laws "from Germany!"
(Yes, we will continue to reuse this as much as possible until we stop finding it funny.)
Did Donald Trump already violate federal election laws? Maybe. It's complicated
Two of Trump's aides went on a trip in an effort to "test the waters" to see if Donald Trump may be a viable candidate for President in the 2012 election. Trouble is, the trip was paid for by a pharmaceutical company, and the cost would have been higher than the company's campaign contribution limit. Contributions to pre-campaigns are subject to campaign finance laws.
So he did violate them, right? No. Well, not yet at least. Maybe not at all.
The laws only kick in if a candidate does actually run, but they do apply retroactively to pre-campaign activities. So, if he doesn't decide to run, no problem. Makes sense. But what if he does run? Well, he just has to refund the contribution. Not likely a problem for Trump. Unless it's during one of those years that he's bankrupt.
But, we feel confident that Trump will ultimately decide not to run for President. And how can we be so sure? Plenty of nutty celebs have run for office, and won. What makes Trump so different?
Tomorrow Comedy Central is filming his roast. The attack ads almost create themselves.
We don't know which would be worse for a Trump presidential bid, a 5 minute video of him being ripped into by Lisa Lampanelli, or the fact that Lisa Lampanelli is the best comedian they could muster to share the stage with Donald Trump. The Comedy Central roast will premier on March 15th.
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, a former Libyan justice minister, and head of the opposition council is offering Gadhafi a final chance to save his head:
"If he leaves Libya immediately, during 72 hours, and stops the bombardment, we as Libyans will step back from pursuing him for crimes."
Given Gadhafi's position that the people revolting against him are drugged out youths coerced by foreign terrorists, it is unlikely he will accept the deal. While Egypt's Mubarak made similar speeches to Gadhafi, claiming that the majority of the people support him, and it was foreign agents behind the demonstrations, before finally stepping down, the situation in Libya is quite different. Loyalist supporters are engaging in open combat against the rebels, and Gadhafi still maintains control of the capital city of Tripoli.