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A Berkeley student and an optometry professor walk into a court …

That, ladies and gentlemen, would be the start of a terrible joke. One that might go like this:

A Graduate School of Journalism student — let’s say his name is Josh Wolf — follows protesters into Wheeler Hall as they fight tuition fee hikes with video camera in hand as they storm and shut down the building in Nov. 2009. At Wolf’s individual disciplinary hearing (the journalism card didn’t exempt him), he storms out when his legal adviser is denied the right to speak.

He then sues the chairman of his disciplinary panel, Cal Optometry Professor Robert DiMartino in Small Claims Court. The case crawls its way up to the Superior Court, where DiMartino’s lawyer argues that the case should be dismissed on the grounds that DiMartino did not have adequate legal representation in Small Claims Court (hmm …) and, besides, was immune to prosecution, anyway.

The case was dismissed, and the tragicomedy concludes today in the Berkeley Small Claims Court, where DiMartino filed for $1,066 in court costs — word is, Wolf is setting up a lemonade stand to raise the funds. We’ll keep you updated as the saga unfolds.

Image Source: afsart under Creative Commons
When a UC-Berkeley student and professor meet in court … [SFGate Politics Blog]


We’ll be the first to tell Yoo how much we love craziness. Because there’s nothing like crazy to bring out more crazy. Like this crazy video about crazy toilet paper with text from the crazy United Nations Convention Against Torture printed on it, which artist Matt Cornell crazily planted in Boalt Hall bathrooms yesterday in loo of non-crazy toilet paper. Get it, because that’s what crazy John Yoo metaphorically did with the aforementioned convention? Wiped his ass with it! That, there, is some deep shit.

Did we mention this video was produced by journalism student Josh Wolf who’s in the middle of a crazy controversy right now? This is CRAZY STUFF, you guys.

Yoo Toilet Paper [website], via SFist


j wolfJosh Wolf has had a rough journalistic career to say the least. In 2006 he set the record for being jailed in federal prison longer than any other journalist in U.S. history for protecting source materials (he refused to turn over his video footage of a “protester being choked by a police officer and other officers threatening passers-by with stun guns”). There was also question of whether he was a journalist or just an “activist with a camera.” read more »