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Here is a bit more information on the situation I talked about yesterday, with an acquaintance being detained by police for being barefoot and shirtless late at night. I also got some questions that I would like to address.

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A barefoot and shirtless acquaintance of mine from south Texas was recently detained by the police, simply because he was barefoot and shirtless (outside). He would like to know if this was false imprisonment, and whether had has a cause of action to sue them.

The answer, as is so often the case in these situations, is

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Barefoot in Court

I got a comment (via Facebook) from a lawyer on my blog entry, Jury Duty in Sneakers. It wasn’t about the sneakers, but (from what I can tell) something I said about how trying to be a barefoot juror really doesn’t fit the definition of contempt of court.

So, how dangerous is it to attempt to be a barefoot juror?

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Jury Duty in Sneakers

I’ve written before about how we might go about doing jury duty barefoot. In Barefoot Jury Duty?, I looked at some of the attire requirements around the country and how being a barefoot juror really doesn’t fit the definition of contempt (not that a judge couldn’t go after you anyways). In Call to (Jury) Duty, I talked about what to do when refused entry by a guard who thinks there is a rule against going barefoot in a courthouse.

We now have a real case in which people called to jury duty were refused entry because they were wearing sneakers.

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A Liability Waiver Example

I recently read about an instance in which a barefooter used a liability waiver when confronted in a hotel. Now, I’ve never cared much for liability waivers, and this example is fairly illustrative in that regard.

Here’s the story.

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On May 1 the details of the settlement between Vibram and the folks that were suing them were filed with the District Court in Boston.

The results look rather typical of a class action lawsuit.

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Men of Iron, Feet of Pudding

What do you do if you are a triathlete and want to run the marathon portion barefoot?

Well, right now it depends on who is sponsoring the triathlon.

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Is It Cheating?

When I wrote about What You Didn’t Know About the Arizona Anti-Gay Bill, I talked about how it was an attempted modification of Arizona’s existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), but I also talked about how the RFRAs could be used by barefooters with sincere religious motives.

But is that cheating?

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What with all the press coverage of the Arizona “freedom to discriminate against gays if you are that sort of religious” bill, you might be surprised to hear that it was in reality a fairly minor tweak to already-existing Arizona law. Once the Arizona bill was vetoed, the similar Ohio bill was (at least for now) withdrawn.

The reason the Ohio provisions didn’t intially cause the same flap is because they were hidden in a whole new proposed statute. So while the Ohio bill looked like it could be used by some barefooters, there was more inside it.

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Vibram is Settling Lawsuit

It’s time for an update on the lawsuit against Vibram, Bezdek v. Vibram. It looks like Vibram has made an offer that has been accepted.

And who will win? The lawyers, of course.

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Palm Beach Barefoot Riff-Raff

When I wrote about Dressing Constitutionally, one of the cases I highlighted was DeWeese v. Town of Palm Beach, in which an ordinance requiring shirts on men was tossed as unconstitutional.

It turns out that the original ordinance also made it illegal to go barefoot.

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What is really going on?

Sometimes with my lawsuits I really, really wonder what was going on. I am not any sort of conspiracy advocate, but I see how some people can go that way when it does not appear that there is anything that makes sense in what supposed rational adults (judges, even) do.

I thought I say a few things in that regard with my two state lawsuits.

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I Am Chortling

While I was at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, tiptoeing through getting a waiver for the day from their shoe rule, the Ohio General Assembly initiated an action that could unintentionally wipe it away.

So I am chortling.

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Strategery

My last two blog entries has me thinking about legal issues, so I thought I’d write about how, during my lawsuits, I had to make a couple of strategic decisions that the normal lawsuit is usually not confronted with.

I had to tap dance through a mine field.

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Every now and again there will be discussions about the wisdom of my having sued a couple of libraries over their barefoot rules. Usually the complaint is that there are a bunch of libraries that now have rules against bare feet because I lost those lawsuits.

I thought I’d take a closer look at just how much effect those lawsuits really had on barefoot access to libraries.

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