Remember Albert Dayan, Viktor Bout’s crack defense attorney? Well, it turns out he was playing the long game. The New York Times reports that Dayan is attempting to challenge the verdict against his client on the grounds that (wait for it) jury forewoman Heather Hobson once saw Lord of War. In an interview on November 3rd, Hobson told the Times: “I had seen that terrible Nicolas Cage movie and I had no idea it was about this guy.” Obviously, Hobson is wrong, and Lord of War is an amazing movie, but I still don’t think this is likely to be a winning legal strategy.
And in other news, word comes via alert reader Adam Ross (thanks Adam!) that Vladimir Putin has been awarded the Confucius (a.k.a. “Nobel’s little brother”) Peace Prize. In an amazing feat of doublespeak, the peaceful conduct for which Putin is being celebrated is… the violent suppression of rebellion in Chechnya. Note to granting organization China International Peace Research Centre: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”