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A "sovereign citizen" who claims he's a "crown prince emperor" can't remove his case to federal court, a judge has ruled.

What are "sovereign citizens"? They're Americans who, for some reason, don't believe the law applies to them. They are real problems in some parts of the country, where they gum up local court systems by filing copious documents containing ridiculous legalese and citations lifted out of context from court opinions.

Sovereign citizens claim the U.S. government has no power over them, as they are their own sovereign nation, and they're governed by English common law (if they're governed by anything at all). Their antics can from delightfully misanthropic to seriously dangerous.

If you're working on a case headed for oral arguments before the Third Circuit, then a trip to Philadelphia (if you're not already based there), is in store for you. I spent five years of my life in the City of Brotherly Love -- four years as an undergrad, and one year as a judicial clerk -- so I thought I'd share some things to do while you're in Philadelphia.

Leave the Gun, Take the Cheesesteak

I haven't lived in Philly since 2000, and yes, I am still missing Philly cheesesteaks. Now, most Philly guides will tell you that you need to go to Pat's or Geno's in South Philly -- they are wrong. I really don't know what all the fuss is about, I tried 'em and didn't like 'em.

My personal favorite is Jim's Steaks, and a truly good combo is beef (or chicken), mushrooms, onions and provolone. If you're more of a fine dining person, be sure to check out Laurel, Nicholas Elmi's (a/k/a the newest winner of the title "Top Chef") restaurant.

On Wednesday, President Obama announced that he intended to nominate Cheryl A. Krause to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, reports The Washington Times. He stated: "Cheryl Ann Krause has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through her work and I am honored to nominate her to serve the American people as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals," and added, "She will be a diligent, judicious and esteemed addition to the Third Circuit bench."

We had a chance to read her impressive bio and we can see why the President nominated Krause. To learn more about her, read on.

New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware are keeping practitioners on their toes with a host of legal issues arising from hot news stories. Here's a roundup of the goings on in the states of the Third Circuit...

Giffords' Advocacy Group Urges Passage of NJ Gun Law

Governor Christie signed ten new gun bills into law on Thursday, but Gabbie Giffords' advocacy group is urging Christie to sign another into law, with a petition of over 3,000 signatures.

Ryan Hart's Electronic Arts Lawsuit for Video Game Not Over Yet

The video game industry is not off the hook just yet. Former Rutgers football player, Ryan Hart, just got the go ahead from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to continue his Electronic Arts lawsuit. Hart had sued EA for misappropriation of his likeness in their NCAA Football video games depicting a college football player similar to him when he played.

This case is about all balancing rights; a celebrity's rights of publicity and the video game company's rights of expression. The Third Circuit reversed the district court decision holding EA's college football video games were entitled to First Amendment freedom of speech protection.

Five Things to Know About Chief Judge Theodore McKee

Here at FindLaw, we understand the pressures of being a legal professional - most of us are recovering lawyers - so we want to help by tossing you that preferred life preserver of the legal profession, the short list.

Today's offering: Five things to know about Third Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Theodore McKee.

Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction Case On Its Way to SCOTUS

CBS is not out of the woods yet on Janet Jackson’s notorious Super Bowl incident from 2004.

The U.S. Supreme Court might be reviewing the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” case. The Federal Communications Commission filed a writ of certiorari, requesting the Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision.

Menendez, Obama Showdown? Discord Over Third Circuit Nomination

President Barack Obama has probably gotten used to having his judicial nominations blocked by congressional Republicans. When it comes to Third Circuit Court of Appeals' nominee Patty Shwartz, however, President Obama has had to defend himself from a member of his own party.

In a rare bout between a president and a congressional member of his own party, Senator Robert Menendez has blocked President Obama's nomination for the Third Circuit.

Menendez is currently in the spotlight for being the first Democrat to block an Obama judicial appointment and said he risked drawing the president's ire because of Shwartz's lack of qualifications.

Third Circuit Accepting Judge Mary Walrath Reappointment Comments

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals is considering the reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath for a new 14-year term. Judge Walrath's current term is set to expire on September 8, 2012.

Judge Walrath is currently the bankruptcy judge for the District of Delaware in Wilmington.

Walrath has gained national attention as the judge overseeing the Washington Mutual bankruptcy proceedings. Judge Walrath, who has twice rejected WaMu's reorganization plans, appointed New Jersey bankruptcy judge Raymond Lyons this week to mediate between the company and its creditors, reports The Washington Post.

Hiring Notice: Third Circuit Court of Appeals Hiring Attorneys

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting up close and personal with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals - the place where corrupt politicians go to have their sentencing dreams crushed - today is your lucky day.

The Third Circuit anticipates hiring attorneys for one-year terms beginning in September 2012. Licensed attorneys, third-year law students, and recent graduates may apply.

Unlike the better-known federal judicial clerkship, this position is a staff attorney clerkship. Staff attorneys serve the court at-large rather than in the chambers of individual judges.