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Miranda Pennoyer on Miranda

It’s time once again for “Ask Miranda Pennoyer,” the column so prestigious that it once taught Francis Bacon that “knowledge is power.”  This column is so powerful, it not only protects your rights—it creates new ones.        Today, we touch an issue that is very close to Miranda Pennoyer: the Miranda rule itself.  How will we address it?  Through loyal readers, who have the right to ask questions.  Any question can and will be mocked in a humor column of law.  They have the right to an editor.  If they cannot afford an editor, spell check will be appointed to…

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Ask Miranda Pennoyer: of ABBA & Electioneering

It’s time once again for “Ask Miranda Pennoyer,” the column that answers your questions about life, liberty, and the pursuit of billable hours.  This columnist is one the few to be recognized by members of the ABBA as both a Super Trouper and a Dancing Queen.    So now, it’s time to get to the name of the game: questions from our loyal readers.  Our first is an issue that touches all legal professionals, but only in appropriate places.   Q.  Last week, an interviewer asked me how I feel about pro bono work.  My question is, can anyone be anti-bono?…

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Ask Miranda Pennoyer: of Fashion Felonies & the Cheerful Jedi

It’s time once again for “Ask Miranda Pennoyer,” the column that has strives for equal justice under law, as long as it’s in our favor. This column has the distinction of being described by ABC Members with Bags Over Their Heads as “a collection of vowels and consonants, usually.”Our first question is one that’s on the mind of many 1Ls—or at least it would be, if they would ever stop using Facebook in class.Q. The law seems very concerned with mens rea. Why does nobody ever mention womens rea?A. Roughly translated, “mens rea” is Latin for men’s wear. It refers…

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Ask Miranda Pennoyer: of Iqbal & the Princess Bride

It’s time once again for “Ask Miranda Pennoyer,” the column that gives no legal advice, or none that any sane person would follow. Rather, we strive to apply an ointment of knowledge to the burning questions of law students, young professionals, and people who think they are on Cash Cab. Our first question comes from a concerned student in Gainesville, FL: Q. What is the difference between “ex ante” and “ex post”? A. “Ex ante” is a Latin consumptive phrase used when lawyers talk, write, or play poker, such as “he lost $100 before the ex ante.” Whereas “ex post”…

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