The cocktail party at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference had a nervous moment Monday when a Beverly Hills, Calif., attorney and critic of Chief Judge Alex Kozinski was escorted from the outdoors reception after getting too close to the chief judge.

Cyrus Sanai, who gained press credentials on assignment from the LA Weekly, said he was waiting to talk with Judge Richard Clifton, the conference chair, when Kozinski passed within a few feet. That was enough to trigger U.S. marshals to ask Sanai to leave.

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