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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Escalante’

The Atlantic Profiles LA Superior Court’s Resident Punk Rocker

Check out this fantastic third paragraph from a feature article in The Atlantic by Vickie Chang, senior editor at BUZZMEDIA:

[Joe] Escalante, 49 of Signal Hill, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles, is a member of the area’s gracefully aging rocker sect answering what happens when punk grows up. Some of Escalante’s peers went on to start record labels and families. Some cultivated new music careers in their 40s and 50s. Others got their Ph.D.s, fell into drugs, or became Subway sandwich artists. Escalante, though, ended up with seemingly the least punk-rock resume of all: a law degree, a legal expert job, a career in entertainment law, and conservative Catholic bona fides. But he’s managed, perhaps inadvertently, to keep the spirit alive by running for a judgeship with the express disapproval of the local legal establishment, facing down a lawsuit from a Hollywood publication, and generally saying the kinds of things in public that conservative J.D.s with political aspirations don’t say.

After donating his time over the past few decades to the LA Superior Court system as a volunteer temporary judge, Escalante is on next week’s June 5 ballot. He’s aiming to fill an open judicial seat, although he failed to secure a desired ballot designation next to his name and confesses that he has no real idea whether he has a chance of winning.

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Variety Drops Lawsuit Against Punk Band

Even though Variety originally had a case and proper settlement with regards to Los Angeles punk band The Vandals borrowing a little too closely in terms of font color and style for the cover of their 2004 album “Hollywood Potato Chip,” the trade chose to renew this legal battle in 2010. That strange sequel has now come to an end.

THR Esq columnist Matthew Belloni spoke with the band’s lead singer, Joe Escalante, who represented himself and the band in court. This time around, there is an agreement for each side to walk away and pay their own legal fees. It all adds up to a few more legal scars for Escalante:

“This was the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, and to the band, and the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” says Escalante. “However, as my wife says, the crash course in federal court litigation made me a better lawyer.”

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Sundown on Sunset: Hot and Cold

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Daniel Hernandez covers the fires down in San Diego, and asks all the right questions.

Britney’s mom, Lynn Spears, has written a parenting book. Title search for How to Raise a Drug-Addled Skank is underway.

Who did buy Luke Ford’s other blog?

NPR should just hire Joe Escalante, already.

Paris Hilton has announced that she wants to be frozen when she dies. And not one minute before.

(photo by John Grasberger)