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  • Baltimore City Solicitor George Nilson has negotiated a land deal for the first slots parlor in the city. Sun columnist Jay Hancock blames the BDC for apparently making a mistake that necessitated the deal in the first place.
  • Horse-neglecting lawyer Hilton Silver doesn’t have to pay rescue costs for two horses he used to own since he was never convicted of animal cruelty against them, only against a third horse that had to be euthanized. Still, there’s this quote from prosecutor Adam Lippe: “Bad things happen to mean people.”
  • The Daily Record’s weekly round-up links to our own John Bratt writing about how he wiped the floor with a defense expert at deposition.

The Washington Post has an article on noted Supreme Court blogger Tom Goldstein, the founder of SCOTUS. The article says that “One measure of Goldstein’s commitment to SCOTUSblog, which accepts no advertising: He keeps it afloat with up to $100,000 a year from his own pocket.”

I enjoy blogging but if I had to pay $100,000 out of my pocket to do it, these chats would come to an abrupt end.

A Philadelphia juror’s Facebook post that gave a heads up to his friends about a verdict in a criminal case has caused more consternation among lawyers over whether judges need to clarify jury instructions about online communications.

A juror’s Facebook post before the verdict gave his Facebook friends a heads-up that his five months of jury service in a big trial was almost over: “Stay tuned for a big announcement on Monday everyone!”

My opinion: I don’t think there is any way to stop this. Jurors know they should not communicate with anyone about the case. A small minority will ignore these instructions. It is what it is.