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THE MAIN JUDICIAL EVENT Ira Sherman and Joseph Cammarata of the D.C. office of seven-lawyer Chaikin & Sherman are going for a knockout punch in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. Earlier this month, they filed a suit on behalf of client James Ware against former World Middleweight Boxing Champion William Joppy. Last November, Ware, who works for an automobile repossession company, approached a Ford Winstar parked outside the Round 1 Fitness Center in Capital Heights, Md., with the intention of repossessing the van, believed to be owned or leased by Joppy’s trainer. Ware’s suit alleges that Joppy “physically assaulted and battered Plaintiff Ware by . . . violently punching . . . Ware at least three times in the face, neck, and chin.” The suit further alleges that the attack on Ware led to “a loss of consciousness, a concussion and closed head injury, a fractured jaw requiring it to be wired shut, lip numbness, tooth loss, and injuries to his face, neck, ear, and eye.” The suit is seeking $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages. “Ware expects that his complaint against Joppy will be resolved in the courts and not in the street,” says Cammarata. � Joel Chineson MISTAKEN IDENTITY A lawsuit was filed earlier this month in the much-publicized case in which three tourists � a mother and daughter and the daughter’s friend � used an automatic teller machine at a Suntrust Bank in Mitchellville, Md., before visiting the nearby amusement park Six Flags, only to find themselves extradited from their home state of Arizona to be arrested for a murder they didn’t commit and incarcerated in Prince George’s County after county police misread the ATM’s surveillance tape. Terrell Roberts III of Riverdale, Md.’s five-lawyer Roberts & Wood filed a suit in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County on behalf of mother and daughter Virginia Ann and Shirley Shelton against the P.G. County government, four of its police officers, and the Suntrust Bank. The suit asks for more than $30 million in damages. Roberts says he can’t imagine a greater miscarriage of justice: “When the women were questioned, they gave police the information that should have exonerated them. The police just blew them off.” A suit on behalf of the third tourist, Jennifer Starkey, was filed last summer in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Patrick Regan and Victor Long of D.C.’s seven-lawyer Regan, Halperin & Long. � J.C.

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