Running across an FCC decision discussing the Zapple doctrine — which the FCC said expired with the Fairness Doctrine — made me wonder about people like Nicholas Zapple. (“The Zapple Doctrine was adopted by the Commission in 1970 in response to a letter from Nicholas Zapple, then Communications Counsel for the Committee on Commerce, United States Senate, ‘requesting an interpretative ruling on two questions involving the applicability of the fairness doctrine to situations where supporters of a political candidate purchase broadcast time.’ “) Some such people, of course, are criminals (cf. Miranda); others might be government officials (such as Zapple); others might just be private citizens who are plaintiffs, whether in public interest litigation or even in private cases. But all have their names doing double duty as legal rules.
Is it fun for them? Do lawyers recognize them after learning their names? Is it a good ice-breaker at a party? If you fall into this category, or know someone who does, or know of published stories from people who do, please note this in the comments. Note that I’m not just looking for “where are they now” stories, or stories of people who became well-known as a result of their cases, but rather stories of people’s coexistence with legal doctrines named after them.