Thursday, November 27, 2008
Now for a walk on the lighter side. The legal blogosphere has been burning up with a story about an ASU first year law student who successfully fended off an armed burglar when the intruder tried to steal his laptop containing his class notes and outlines. As a local Arizona TV station reports, the intruder, armed with a metal softball bat, broke into the sleeping law student's room in the middle of the night and demanded the student's wallet and guitars. But when the burglar tried to take Alex Botsios' laptop containing his outlines, Mr. Botsios shouted:
"Dude, no -- please, no! I have all my case notes…that's four months of work!" At which point Mr. Botsios grabbed the bat from the intruder and beat him to a pulp. After being treated at a local hospital for his injuries, the intruder was arrested on armed robbery and kidnapping charges. Other than a bruised knuckle and some scratches, Mr. Botsios was right as rain.
The lesson? Putting yourself between a first year law student and his outlines is asking for major trouble. Who knows, perhaps the intruder would have gotten away with it if he'd just left the laptop alone.
Mr. Botsios gets massive style points for referring to an armed assailant who broke into his room in the middle of the night as "dude."
I am the scholarship dude.