Five for Friday – Holiday Version

Yes, I know it’s only Thursday.

I also know that this will probably get lost in the shuffle. However, I don’t want even one email asking why there was no FiveForFriday this week.  So, here it is!

Happy holidays to all!

email your answers to michael.kennedy@vermont.gov

Question 1

My posts on legal ethics & marijuana are here and here .  In two of the four versions of his famed Chanukah Song, Adam Sandler makes references to cannabis.  For one point each, what are the words he uses to refer to cannabis?

Clarification: Sandler did not use the same reference in each version of the song. In one, he used a single word, in the other, it’s two words.

Question 2

You represent George.  He is concerned that his elderly father has been acting irrational and has come to you for advice.  George informs you that he’s been worried for months, but that the last straw was when his father challenged him to a fight during the “feats of strength” aspect of the family’s recent holiday celebration.  What holiday were George and his father celebrating?

Question 3

Lawyer practices criminal defense.  Lawyer’s client pled guilty to multiple counts of burglary.  At a sentencing hearing, Lawyer argued for leniency.  Lawyer presented evidence that Client was born with a heart two sizes too small, had returned everything he’d stolen even before being charged, and was the only caretaker for his loyal dog Max.  In addition, a girl named Cindy Lou informed the court that she and the other victims not only accepted Client’s apology, but had invited him to carve the roast beef at the town’s Christmas dinner.

Who is Lawyer’s client?

Question 4   (thank you Bridget Asay!)

Questionable legal ethics abound in a trial to determine whether Kris should be involuntarily committed.

First, the prosecutor puts on barely any evidence, his entire case resting on an admission from Kris.  Then, Kris’s attorney subpoenas the prosecutor’s young son and elicits a hearsay statement made by – – the prosecutor!  Next, Kris’s attorney participates in a scheme to influence the judge by having the post office deliver a huge number of “dead letters” to the court.  Finally, seemingly prepared to rule in favor of the prosecution, the judge changes his mind after an ex parte conversation in which a local politician tells the judge that his career will be over if he commits Kris, then justifies his conclusion with a questionable decision to take judicial notice of the existence of a particular person.

Name the holiday movie in which this trial took place.

Question 5

Not legal ethics, but business ethics.  Attorney represents a company.  Over the past few New Year’s Eves, the company has charged users significantly higher rates than usual.  Some consumer groups allege that the higher rates border on illegal “price gouging.”  Attorney responds that “surge pricing” merely reflects market demand, that the company was very clear with customers that fees would be higher  in the wee hours that follow New Year’s revelry, and that there is nothing illegal about charging more on New Year’s Eve than on any other day of the year.

Name the company that Attorney represents.  Its business model is one that many leading legal commentators argue will lead to significant changes in the practice of law and access to legal services.

 

 

 

 

 

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