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Monday, April 26, 2010

Headlines that seem to explain a lot

From the dead-trees version of today's Houston Chronicle, from page B5 on the continuation of an article from page B1:

Houston Chronicle headline

It turns out that the lawyer in question wasn't speaking about himself, and that "Bustamante" is actually the client. I suppose I should have known that no lawyer would have been that honest about himself/herself. No word yet, though, on the mental acuity of the Chronicle editor who wrote this headline.

Posted by Beldar at 08:00 AM in Humor, Law (2010), Mainstream Media, Trial Lawyer War Stories | Permalink

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(1) Mike Myers made the following comment | Apr 26, 2010 8:53:01 PM | Permalink

Okay Mr. Dyer, I'll throw in on this story--since many of your other lawyer readers have been unusually silent on the point. I'll simply say that it's been my experience that headline writers are even dumber than a few of the opposing counsel I've seen in my career.

(2) Xrlq made the following comment | Apr 28, 2010 11:12:41 PM | Permalink

Linguists deal with these fortunate or unfortunate ambiguities by adding subscripts like "i," "j," etc. to identify the referent, e.g.,

Xrlq[i] called Beldar[j] a Democrat, and then he[i] insulted him[j}

vs.

Xrlq[i] called Beldar[j] a Democrat, and then he[j] insulted him[i]

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