One of the neat features of blogging is that I get to see the searches that brought people here.

It recently occurred to me that I can wield this power for good or evil–good, if I choose to engage your questions, and provide useful information; or evil, if I should expose the bizarre and disturbing questions that keep you up at night. (That’s right–I can see what the time you time you ran those searches, too.)

Now, how should we play this one?

Here are some of the questions that have recently led people to this blog, and my answers to them. All of the questions–and their bizarro internet spellings and grammatical innovations–are real:

  • did james o’keeffe go to law school? Yes. I went to law school in Boston. Well, not in Boston, but nearby. No, not Tufts . . .
  • when do Virginia supreme court opinions get released? Generally, on the last day of the next session after the case was argued. Based on the Court’s 2010 calendar, we can expect opinions on April 16, June 11, September 17, and November 5.
  • Snyder V. Phelps. Wow. The more offensive this case gets, the more people love it. Here’s what I’ve got. Also, folks seem incited to a frothing, bloodthirsty rage by interested in the Fourth Circuit’s award of costs to the church. That’s not particularly unusual or malicious. Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 39 provides that, when a judgment is affirmed, costs are taxed against the appellant unless the law provides or the court orders otherwise. Finally, it sounds like the missionaries from the Westboro Baptist Church are headed to Virginia Tech to, err, spread the Word.
  • 10 ways to ruin a good horse. I have 13. Give me a call.

That’s all for today, but I hope to make the Thursday Q&A a recurring feature. In the meantime, feel free to shoot me an email or post a comment if you’ve got a topic that you’d like to see addressed.