What's the lesson here?
Give a mouse a cookie and he'll want a rehearing?
Don't look a gift opinion in the dicta?
Ask and ye shall receive everything but what you ask for?
Crystal Cox was a landmark free press plaintiff. Her case set the precedent in the Ninth Circuit that bloggers, like me and even her attorney, enjoy the same protections as the traditional media. And she escaped a $2.5 million defamation verdict.
The case could've ended on a positive note, with only a passing mention of her alleged extortionist past. But when she requested a rehearing, and deletion of a non-dispositive sentence in the opinion (which cited a New York Times article about Cox), it drew the attention of a few very angry people.