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Judge wigs out New Orleans (AP)�A state commission has said that a white Louisiana judge who appeared at a Halloween party in shackles, an Afro wig and black-face makeup last year should be suspended for a year without pay. The recommendation by the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana goes to the state Supreme Court, which will make the final decision on the punishment for Timothy Ellender, a state district judge in Terrebonne Parish. In a 26-page report, the commission said Ellender’s integrity and his ability to be impartial toward African-Americans appearing in his court will be forever in doubt. Ellender cooperated with the investigation and made clear in testimony that he will take great care not to exhibit racial bias or to promote racial stereotypes in the future, the commission said. Antagonism spurs judicial retort U.S. District judge Sam Sparks of Austin, Texas, said in a recent order that he feels like he is supervising a kindergarten because lawyers involved in a civil suit in his court are acting like they never learned how to get along with others. He threatened to order the parties in Klein-Becker LLC v. William Stanley to find new lawyers “if the lawyers in this case do not change, immediately, their manner of practice and start conducting themselves as competent to practice in the federal court.” Sparks wrote that the lawyers in the suit have earned his “disgust” because of a history of filings and antagonistic motions full of personal insults requiring multiple discovery hearings. A day after he was asked to referee a dispute at a deposition, Sparks signed the order asking the lawyers to improve their behavior. “The Court simply wants to scream to these lawyers, ‘Get a life’ or ‘Do you have any other cases?’ or ‘When is the last time you registered for anger management classes?’ ” Sparks wrote in the order. Due to its spicy language, the order is making the e-mail circuit around the Texas legal community. The lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, Irwin Gilbert, a partner in Gilbert/Rothman in West Palm Beach, Fla., said, “Judge Sparks has responded appropriately, and believe it or not, proportionally to the conduct he has experienced.” Houston firm Vinson & Elkins also is on the defense team, but Christopher Peele, an associate in Austin, did not return messages seeking comment. � American Lawyer Media Public defender arrested for coke A managing attorney for the San Francisco public defender’s felony unit was arrested for a felony-allegedly carrying cocaine in her purse. Marla Zamora, a long-time deputy public defender and onetime judicial candidate, was arrested at a domestic terminal checkpoint at San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 7. She was found with a “small amount” of suspected cocaine, booked and released on $10,000 bail. It’s unclear what, if any, consequences Zamora could face at work as a result of the arrest. � American Lawyer Media Jailed for smoking A Caroline County, Va., woman was sentenced on Aug. 11 to 10 days in jail for defying a state court order not to smoke. Domestic Relations District Judge John H. Thomas last year barred Tamara Silvius, 44, from lighting up around her children, now aged 8 and 10, as part of her shared custody arrangement with her ex-husband. She was back in court for violating the order a second time. Silvius, a pack-a-day smoker, claims the restriction violates her rights. � Associated Press

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