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Some guys just want to have fun Someone seems to have raised the ante in the case of Mississippi’s feuding justices. As of Oct. 1, at least one search engine-Metacrawler- flagged the Mississippi Supreme Court home page: “Warning!!! If you are under 18 or live in a place that viewing adult content is prohibited, please revise your search.” Maybe the reference was to that reported threat by lame duck Justice Chuck McRae to “whip” Chief Justice Edwin L. Pittman. McRae, a favorite of the state’s plaintiffs bar, staged a rip-roaring election campaign last fall that featured the 62-year-old from Pascagoula tooling about in leathers on his motorcycle and recalling what it was like to run with the bulls in Spain. But he came in third in the three-way race. That’s when, according to a complaint filed by his fellow justices against him, he promised to make their lives miserable. “I have 369 days left in my term, and I intend to have fun on every one of them,” the complaint quotes McRae as telling Pittman. “I’m going to call you ‘Lil Tadpole’ every day that I can.” The complaint also alleges that McRae threatened violence, heard cases involving family members, leaked confidential information, delayed the hearing of cases and bullied everyone. The complaint was filed by five of the eight sitting justices (a ninth is out of the picture on a paid leave, having been indicted on a federal bribery charge-but that’s another story). Mississippi’s Commission on Judicial Performance is planning an unprecedented public hearing on McRae’s alleged misconduct later this month. He has said he won’t comment on specific charges before then, but did tell one reporter “It isn’t the best neighborhood to work in.” Fill ‘er up California’s charisma-challenged governor, Gray Davis, is filling judicial vacancies as if he believes those polls that say his days in office are numbered. Six days’ worth of appointments: Sept. 23, plaintiffs’ lawyer Frederick C. Shaller and criminal defense lawyer Drew E. Edwards to Superior Court. Sept. 24, Deputy DA Aaron Persky and former Deputy County Counsel Carrie A. Zepeda to Superior Court. Sept. 25, a historic first with four women confirmed-unanimously, at that-to appellate positions: San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joan Irion and Los Angeles County Superior Court judges Laurie Zelon and Madeleine Flier to the Court of Appeal; Appellate Justice Judith McConnell sworn in as presiding justice of her division. All were rated well qualified or exceptionally well qualified by the State Bar of California. Also Sept. 25, Deputy DA Brian R. Aaronson to Superior Court. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne G. Ramos, a Yale Law School alum, to San Francisco County Superior Court, its first Latina. Sept. 26, Merced County Superior Court Judge Betty R. Dawson and Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Richard J. McAdams unanimously confirmed to Court of Appeal. Sept. 29, litigator Leslie G. Landau, managing partner of the San Francisco office of 850-lawyer Bingham McCutchen of Boston, to Superior Court. Lousy loot Connecticut police say James Perry was living in Florida last year when he “borrowed” the identity of his neighbor, Robert Kowalski, in hopes it would help him renew his driver’s license despite his drunken driving convictions. The catch is that Kowalski is a convicted sex offender who hadn’t registered as required. So when Perry was recently arrested for disorderly conduct in Connecticut, every piece of identification on him said he was Kowalski, and only his fingerprints got him off the hook. Sort of. He is set to face charges of identity theft on Oct. 10.

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