John Oliver is a treasure.
Just watch the video. It’s not terribly long. It’s a segment of Oliver’s show about guy who owns some coal mines. You need to watch it to understand the rest of this.
The man, Bob Murray, didn’t want Oliver to do the piece, so he sent him a cease and desist letter (a real one from a real lawyer, because he has enough money to convince some idiot lawyer to actually write such a thing, unlike my little gem.)
This led, within days, to Murray actually suing John Oliver and everyone else he could think of.
The judge, after considering the matter, something that I suspect didn’t take very long, has dismissed the whole thing.
This case is an illustration of something I’ve said before. Reading court stuff is sometimes just plain fun. Seriously, it is, or rather, it can be.
The ACLU of West Virginia submitted an amicus brief (amicus curiae means “friend of the court”, so it’s basically somebody standing up and saying, I have an strong interest about this and I think I have information that might be helpful to the court) in the case.
Don’t be put off by the fact that it says that it is 16 pages. It is, but you don’t need to read them all. One is a title page, several more are things like a table of contents. There are really only 10 pages that are meaningful.
They are a totally hilarious ten pages.
Here’s a teaser.
If you just can’t bear it and cannot read it and won’t read it because you are sure it will bore you to death, well, here is a summary. But you’re missing out.
Made my day.
Eat shit, Bob.