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A Federal Judge Just Cited "Friends" In Her Legal Decision

Now we just need a ruling in the ongoing case of "On A Break v. Not On A Break."

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Here's the opening paragraph of her decision:

In an episode of the iconic 1990s television show Friends, Joey Tribbiani tries to dissuade Rachel Green from moving to Paris. Joey asks Rachel to flip a coin. If he wins the coin flip, she must agree to stay. Rachel flips the coin; Joey loses. When later recounting the story to Ross Gellar, a befuddled Joey says, "[w]ho loses fifty-seven coin tosses in a row?" Friends: The One with Rachel's Going Away Party (NBC television broadcast Apr. 29, 2004). Before Ross can answer, Joey explains Rachel's rules: "Heads, she wins; tails, I lose." Id

She wrote that the government was trying to have it both ways by excluding the school from the criminal case against Emor, but then arguing the school couldn't bring a case to get the stolen property back because it wasn't part of the initial case.

"Because this heads the government wins and tails SunRise loses form of criminal forfeiture does not comport with the statutory scheme, we reverse," Brown wrote.


H/T Jon Swaine

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