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Lawyer jailed for being late to trial Crown Point, Ind. (AP)�A defense attorney has been ordered to spend three hours in jail after he failed to show up for jury selection in a criminal trial. Lemuel Stigler also was ordered on June 15 by Lake County Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. to pay $20 plus mileage for each of the 43 potential jurors called for the case of a man accused of robbery and sexual battery. Jury selection was scheduled to begin on June 14, but was postponed for a day because of a power outage. Stefaniak already had rescheduled two other cases set for trial when he found out on June 15 that Stigler was not present. Stefaniak tracked Stigler to a bankruptcy court in Georgia, where he was representing another client. Stefaniak said Stigler told him he tried to handle the Georgia case by telephone, but that the judge refused. “He said he knew he had the problem and had we picked the jury when we were supposed to, he would have asked for a one-day continuance to handle the matter,” Stefaniak told the Times of Munster, Ind. “I told him I would have denied his request.” Stigler said in a statement through his Merrillville, Ind., law office: “I have nothing but great respect for any of the judges and I have never intentionally committed any act of disrespect for any court.” Stigler added, “The judge did what he thought appropriate.” Stefaniak said he didn’t intend his order to be punitive. Name game The right to use one’s own name is not absolute. Just ask New London, Conn., attorney S. Joel Suisman. In deciding a bitter trademark dispute between former colleagues, U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall determined that Suisman was not acting in good faith when he set out to create the law firm Suisman & Shapiro after an acrimonious departure from his former firm, Suisman, Shapiro, Wool, Brennan, Gray & Greenberg. Both firms are located in New London, and Hall found Suisman went out of his way to confuse his former firm’s clients and potential clients. In a May 26 decision, Hall enjoined the defendants Joel Suisman and Andrew Shapiro from using the name “Suisman & Shapiro,” or any combination of “Suisman” followed by “Shapiro.” �American Lawyer Media

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