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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 Once the Arizona bill was vetoed, the similar Ohio bill was (at least for now) withdrawn.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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Dressing Constitutionally

There’s a pretty good book out now with the title Dressing Constitutionally. Because of my lawsuits, I found the material in it pretty familiar.

However, it has one glaring omission.

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Suing Kroger

I thought I’d write about the one time I actually was injured in a Kroger due to their negligence.

What do you think the outcome should have been?

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Barefoot Jury Duty?

My wife was on jury duty last week, and was chosen for a trial. Now, I’ve never even gotten a notice for jury duty, even though over the same time period my wife has gotten notices four times, and served twice. I imagine it will happen some time, though.

And that leads to the question of whether one can manage to serve barefoot on a jury.

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I am happy to report that the Arts, Beats & Eats Festival in Royal Oak, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit) has finally changed the FAQ on their web page. Bare feet are not longer prohibited.

But there is another related issue I’d like to write about.

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Sign on the Door?

There was a recent photo on Facebook showing the sign on the door of a nightclub, specifically disclaiming responsibility for bare feet or flip-flops.

I am of two minds about it.

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State RFRAs

The last two days we’ve looked at the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In Part 1 we saw a bit of history, noted how it ended up applying only to the federal government, and how it started out being ineffective. In Part 2 we saw how the Supreme Court put teeth back into it and then we looked at the components of the Act and how they were applied by the courts.

There is one more piece to this. Many states passed their own Religious Freedom Restoration Acts.

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