The Florida Court of Appeals in September turned down lawyer Philip G. Butler's challenge to his bribery conviction. Butler had represented himself at trial and lost, and then claimed on appeal that the reason he lost was that he had failed to inform himself adequately that acting as his own lawyer was foolish.
And New Hampshire's motto must have changed from "Live Free or Die" to "Live Free or Get Comp":
In August, the New Hampshire Supreme Court OK'd worker compensation payments to a state employee for "work-related" depression, even though the cause of the depression was merely that she had gotten bad performance reviews. The state appeals board acknowledged that the employee, Gail Sirviris-Allen, had been justifiably cited for inaccurate work and a bad attitude.via eMail, Fri, 1 Dec 2000 11:31:45 -0700