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‘Friends’ legal rerun The final episode of the NBC television sitcom Friends aired in May, but the 10-year-old show is destined to live on in the legal system as part of a possibly precedent-setting lawsuit over workplace harassment. The California Supreme Court last week granted review in a case filed by Amaani Lyle, a former writers’ assistant who claimed that vulgar jokes and crass behavior by the show’s writers subjected her to a hostile work environment. A black woman, she claimed racial and sexual harassment, while the writers argued that it was all part of the creative process. �American Lawyer Media Vet gets time for doing in dog Fort Worth, Texas (AP)�A veterinarian was convicted of animal cruelty last week for killing a miniature dachshund with a log-splitting mallet last year after the dog got into his yard. Mircea Volosen, 45, of Colleyville, Texas, had waived a jury trial, opting to have a judge decide the case. Volosen faces a maximum of two years in jail and a $10,000 fine. The judge delayed sentencing until authorities conduct a presentencing investigation, which is expected to take 30 days, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in its online edition. Volosen was taken into custody, but his attorneys expected him to be released later in the day after posting $5,000 bail. “He’s in shock,” said Bryan Buchanan of Fort Worth, one of Volosen’s attorneys. “He’s a man who escapes from a Communist Romania to live in the land of the free, where you have a right to protect your property. And now this happens to him.” The dog’s owner, Kevin Ball, testified last week that Ginger had escaped his yard several times. Ball said he apologized when Ginger ran into Volosen’s back yard last summer, then watched in disbelief as his neighbor bludgeoned the dog.

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