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  • In a victory for the energy industry, an Allegheny County trial judge concluded that drilling company employees and equipment did not impose an undue burden on residents along two private roads. I would tell you more, but the article requires premium access.  [Legal Intelligencer]
  • Common Pleas Court Judge Randal Todd was charged with drunken driving over the holidays.  “I am just a little drunk,” he told the officer who pulled him over.  [Post-Gazette]
  • In other news of judges who are fun at parties, did you know we have a state supreme court justice who is famous for writing rhyming opinions? I feel that the meter and cadence of his work could be improved, however.  Sample couplet: “Convictions for the forgery and theft are approbated – the sentence for insurance fraud, however, is vacated. The case must be remanded for resentencing, we find, so the trial judge may impose the result he originally had in mind.”  [Claims Journal]
  • Post-Gazette’s Ipso Facto weighs in on the much-discussed “law school bubble” and its parallels to the mortgage collapse.  Obviously, the big difference is that unlike subprime mortgage lenders, the sudent lenders will get paid by hook or by crook — because borrowers can’t discharge the loans in bankruptcy and there’s no such thing as a short sale for JDs. But, yeah, other than that.  [Ipso Facto]
  • Police decided not to file charges against a guy who shot his wife’s lover on the porch with a bow and arrow in what sounds like the final act in a Shakespearean tragedy.  Police concluded that the archery was OK based on the newly expanded Castle Doctrine in Pennsylvania, which lets you use deadly force to protect your porch, along with your home, from intruders. It also eliminated the duty to retreat before using deadly force.  [Post-Gazette]