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Career change for a character expert The full-page advertisement in this month’s Bench & Bar, the Kentucky State Bar Association journal, was a grabber: Ben Cowgill is available to defend lawyers with “character and fitness” issues who are in trouble with the disciplinary cops. Cowgill was the chief prosecutor for the Kentucky bar until he resigned last July. Observers are speculating that there was a blowup, but the players are being discreet. Bar leaders refer questions to their executive officer, who says private practice is a private matter. Cowgill, speaking from the Victorian house in Lexington, Ky., where he set up his solo practice, said inevitable “points of disagreement” led him to leave sooner than he’d planned-he was a disciplinary prosecutor for five years-and he’s not interested in discussing details. Cowgill doesn’t see anything drastic in going from disbarring wayward lawyers to trying to rescue them, saying “expertise in this area is expertise.” He said the revolving-door rules that require your average prosecutor to wait a year before going over to the other side apply only to employees of the executive branch. Bar counsel works for the judicial branch. He just has to avoid any individual client if he was “personally and substantially involved” in that lawyer’s investigation, he said, and he’s been so scrupulous that he’s turned down some five clients. Not that it sounds as if it hurt his new endeavor. Cowgill said he’s getting a new client every day, and one lawyer has already written to ask if he needs an associate. If he’d known it would go this well, he said, “I’d have done it sooner.” Leak beat An award for poker-faced journalism to Joseph L. Galloway and James Kuhnhenn of the Philadelphia Inquirer for this paragraph in an Oct. 16 story: “Bush told his senior aides Tuesday that he ‘didn’t want to see any stories’ quoting unnamed administration officials in the media anymore, and that if he did, there would be consequences, said a senior administration official who asked that his name not be used.” Bench rap Last December, the Detroit News reported that Deborah A. Servitto, once the second woman on the Macomb County, Mich., Circuit Court has developed confidence after 16 years. No kidding. This month, Servitto threw out a defamation suit by sanitation worker Deangelo Bailey. Bailey alleged his own musical career was damaged when rapper Eminem’s-a.k.a. Marshall Bruce Mathers III’s-debut album named him as an elementary school bully who bloodied little Em. Part of Servitto’s explanation is a 10-stanza rap. “Mr. Bailey complains that his rep is trash/So he’s seeking compensation in the form of cash,” it begins. “Eminem maintains that the story is true/ and that Bailey beat him black and blue/In the alternative he states that the story is phony/and a reasonable person would think it’s baloney. “The court must always balance the rights/Of a defendant and one placed in a false light/If the plaintiff presents no question of fact/To dismiss is the only acceptable act . . . . “Bailey also admitted he was a bully in youth/Which makes what Marshall said substantial truth/This doctrine is a defense well known/and renders Bailey’s case substantially blown . . . . “It is therefore this Court’s ultimate position/that Eminem is entitled to a summary disposition.” Some cheek We don’t know the career plans of bodybuilder Behman Samimy, but he’s on record as guarding his flanks. His Los Angeles invasion of privacy suit claims a MuscleMag International photographer caught him backstage at a competition with his pants down as a staff member applied tanning potion to his buttocks.

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