September 3rd, 2004


Things for lawyers to read

I'm pleasantly surprised by the number of interesting features the DC Citypaper is churning forth lately. This week, they ran a true story about a grisly solution to the child-molester 'release vs. double-jeopardy' problem. Ugh. I personally do not think child rapists/molesters can be "cured" - how do you get rid of the damage caused by the years of abuse most if not all of them have endured to become what they are? - but the idea of them getting beaten, gang raped and finally offed doesn't cheer me up either. I wish they could just be put away permanently with treatment and reasonable amenities, but without the levels of pandering (intentional double entendre) that certain killers like Gacy reputedly enjoyed.

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On a lighter note, Ohio continues to be a wacky place, to wit:

Court of Appeals of Ohio,
Eleventh District, Portage County.

William R. MAYOR, Jr. et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants,
Thomas WEDDING, et al., Defendant,

No. 2003-P-0011.

Decided Dec. 12, 2003.

Insureds sued their automobile insurer for underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits for injuries they received in collision with cow. The Court of Common Pleas, Portage County, No. 2002CV0862, granted insurer's motion for summary judgment. Insureds appealed. The Court of Appeals, Cynthia Westcott Rice, J., held that: insureds failed to demonstrate that cow was a "motor vehicle" as required for coverage under UIM provision in their policy.


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