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DA Will Not Prosecute Those Who Perform Gay Marriages Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau said yesterday that his office would not prosecute ministers or others who preside over same-sex marriages. “There has been no definitive ruling from the courts on the legal and constitutional issues surrounding same-sex marriages in New York,” he said in a statement. “The criminal courts are not the appropriate forum for the resolution of these issues; ultimately, they will be resolved in civil lawsuits.” His statement came after three same-sex marriages were unofficially performed by clergy in front of City Hall yesterday. In New Paltz, Ulster County District Attorney Donald A. Williams is prosecuting the mayor, Jason West, and ministers who have officiated at same-sex marriages. Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer has said same-sex marriage is not allowed under New York law, but has questioned whether the law would withstand an attack on constitutional grounds. � Tom Perrotta Bucking a Trend, a Lateral Partner Joins Clifford Chance Clifford Chance has hired a partner specializing in registered fund representations from the New York office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. Stuart M. Strauss, 50, is the first lateral partner to join the London-based firm’s New York office since May and the first to move against a tide of high-profile departures that continued this week with Monday’s announcement that capital markets partner Kevin Kelley was joining the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Clifford Chance merged with New York’s Rogers & Wells in 2000 and many of the departing partners were former Rogers & Wells partners. � Anthony Lin Prosecutors Seek to Add Complaint to Suit Against District Southern District U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley said yesterday he is seeking to intervene in a suit filed last year by four current and former female students at Rhinebeck High School who allege its former principal had sexually harassed them. The government is adding a Title IX complaint against the district for failing to take action against principal Thomas Mawhinney despite repeated reports of his harassing students. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits recipients of federal funds from discriminating on the basis of sex in educational programs, the complaint said. The suit, AB v. Rhinebeck Central School District, 03 Civ. 3241, is before U.S. District Judge Stephen C. Robinson in White Plains. � Cerisse Anderson Scalia Defends His Hearing of the Cheney Case U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia yesterday explained his refusal to recuse himself from a case in which his friend and recent duck-hunting companion Vice President Dick Cheney is a named party. In a rare memorandum, issued after weeks of controversy, Justice Scalia said his reading of his duties require him to stay in the case, which he said involves Mr. Cheney only in his official capacity. “A rule that required members of this Court to remove themselves from cases in which the official actions of friends were at issue would be utterly disabling,” he said. In lower courts, a judge who steps aside from a case can be replaced by another judge, but not at the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia noted. � American Lawyer Media Personal Notes on Lawyers � Former Bronx Supreme Court Justice Jerry L. Crispino has agreed to serve as a legal consultant to the Hudson Valley Bank. He recently retired after 12 years on the bench. � Karla M. Corpus has been promoted to partner in the Syracuse office of Hiscock & Barclay. She focuses on tax assessment review, eminent domain, land use and zoning. � Emanuel C. Grillo has joined Goodwin Procter as a partner in the insolvency and business reorganization practice. He was a partner at Torys.

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