Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What I Learned Today

Remember how your parents always used to ask you what you learned at school that day?

Well, today I learned that if your company rewards you with an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas, you have to calculate the price-market price of your lodging, airfare, meals, and top-less dancer shows as part of your gross income because they are compensating you. (McCann v. US, 1983).

Moreover, I learned that even if two people go into an airplane bathroom and shut the door, they do not have a reasonably objective expectation of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment if the people outside of the bathroom can hear the people having sex.

Speaking of the expectation of privacy, as I type this very blog, they're debating the expectation of privacy on Law & Order. District Attorney Arthur Branch (played by soon-to-be Presidential Nominee Fred Thompson) is talking about how he would overturn Roe v. Wade because there is no protection of privacy in the Constitution. I bet those Law & Order writers never expected that Fred Thompson would be uttering those same words in the campaign trail.

Sometimes the cases we read in class are more entertaining than television. And sometimes television is more entertaining because of what is going on in real life.

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