LAW REVIEW: Law from Shakespeare to the Stones |

LAW REVIEW: Law from Shakespeare to the Stones

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You know you are getting old when My nine-year old daughter was singing “Satisfaction” (“You can’t get no, no, no, no sa-tis-faction”). Assuming she had gotten into my record collection I asked her if she liked the Rolling Stones. Strangely, she had never heard of The Stones. But she had listened to Britney Spears’ new CD featuring “Satisfaction.”

Britney Spears! Should be illegal. The only redeeming value here is that she knew Britney didn’t write “Satisfaction” or any of her songs, and she liked The Stones’ version better.

There is hope for the younger generation.


All of us Beach Boys fans know that Al Jardine is one of the original band members. (Actually, I believe he replaced a cousin shortly after the group formed in 1961, but he is considered an original Beach Boy.) There aren’t many originals left, with Dennis and Carl Wilson deceased and lead writer Brian Wilson generally touring on his own – presumably as weird as ever.

Al Jardine has been using the name Beach Boys in the title of his band “Alan Jardine’s Beach Boys Family and Friends.” But Jardine just lost a court case and is no longer able to use the name Beach Boys in his band name or advertising. Apparently the only Beach Boy entitled to separately tour under that name is Mike Love.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could share, as I encourage my daughters.


A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given the panel: “An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse’s mate is found in a ‘compromising position.'”

“See, I have a problem with that passion business,” responded one jury candidate. “During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband in bed with my neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him.”

She wasn’t selected for the jury.


You have all seen the bumper stickers and t-shirts quoting Shakespeare from Henry VI: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” In fact, it is displayed on my desk.

That sentiment is generally construed to be a slam against lawyers – one of many. In fact, there is a different slant. In Henry VI, the line is uttered by the contemptible Dick the Butcher, who suggests to Cade, an equally despicable character, that by getting rid of the lawyers, bedlam and chaos would occur, and thereby support their conspiracy to overthrow the king. So there you have it. Put down your weapons.

Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter/Simon, with offices in Truckee and Reno. He is a mediator and recently the Governor’s appointee to the McPherson Commission, which is charged with investigating and reporting to the Legislature on the Political Reform Act. He may be reached at or at the firm’s web site

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