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He’s so fine that that was no crime Thirty-something and a buffed 6 feet 2 inches, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., detective Mike Nahum is just too cute. Literally. Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal has upheld state Circuit Judge Susan Lebow’s dismissal of drug-trafficking charges against a defendant with no priors because Nahum, the undercover cop in a gay nightclub sting, was pretty close to irresistible. “The whole situation seemed very clear to me,” the transcript shows the judge saying. “I mean, the detective walked in dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, and for the record he was a very attractive man.” Defense attorney Kevin Kulik interrupted and asked the judge to make an official finding as to Nahum’s charms. She did. Now the appellate court has agreed, adding that the defendant was entrapped into buying crystal meth by “non-verbal communication.” We’d love to run a photo of Nahum, but he’s still working undercover. For tort suits . . . It sounds like a front for John Edwards, but members insist it’s for real. Victims and Families United told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that their new group is a grassroots coalition supporting plaintiffs and that it is needed to bring balance to the debate over limiting suits. “We the victims want to make sure you have justice,” spokeswoman and co-founder Judy Buckles told about 60 people at a Feb. 16 rally. Buckles, a widow who got a $500,000 settlement from her late husband’s employers, said most suits have merit, but corporations want to portray them as frivolous. They call it “tort reform” but the national American Tort Reform Association is funded by big companies looking for an alternative to losing lawsuits, she said. Another speaker said she thinks she lost a medical malpractice suit because of bad publicity about runaway litigation. . . . and against them Back in the “tort reform” camp, the Center for Consumer Freedom has issued its annual awards to those it considers nags and buttinskies. Its Web site says its members are restaurant owners, food companies and consumers out “to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.” The “Tort Reform Poster Boy” is George Washington University Law School Professor John Banzhaf, named for “threatening six restaurant chains with lawsuits if they did not display warnings telling consumers their food is addictive.” It’s relevant to add that Banzhaf’s students put together a suit against McDonald’s that resulted in a $12.5 million settlement. Net pirates Johnny Depp’s swashbuckling may not win him an Oscar, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it has nailed a pirate. This year is the first time that copies of nominated movies went to members with embedded identification. Members were also asked to sign statements agreeing to protect the movies. Among the signers was veteran actor Carmine Caridi, who was in the Godfather series. When bootlegged movies showed up on the Internet, authorities used the encryptions to trace them back to Caridi. He said he mailed as many as 60 VHS copies a year to a friend in Illinois, Russell Sprague. Sprague admitted making DVD copies but said he never uploaded them to the Internet and is being made a scapegoat for something everyone does. He’s been charged with criminal copyright infringement. Columbia Pictures and Warners sued Caridi and Sprague. The industry says it loses more than $3 billion a year to digital buccaneers. Quote of the week “Sometimes black people make me mad just because they’re black.” �The comment by Florida criminal defense attorney Dan Brawley that led the Florida Supreme Court to grant his death row client a new trial.

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