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Judge loses suit over FBI inquiry Denver (AP)�A federal judge has ruled against a Huerfano County judge who sued the FBI after it disclosed that he was a secret informant in an investigation of a colleague. Wyoming U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer ruled on Aug. 30 against Judge Robert Haeger, who had sought nearly $1 million in damages. Brimmer said the FBI’s decision to release documents mentioning Haeger’s role “goes right to the line” of being so reckless that he might be entitled to damages, “but does not cross the line.” Haeger could not be reached for comment. His lawyer, Kenneth Sparks, said he had not been notified of the ruling. Haeger contended the FBI, in responding to a subpoena, recklessly violated his privacy by giving Colorado attorney-discipline officials the documents. They pertained to an investigation in the 1990s of unsubstantiated allegations that Haeger’s colleague, Judge Claude Appel, had used cocaine. State attorney-discipline officials then investigated Denver lawyer William Danks, who was accused of spreading the rumors. The officials requested FBI documents as part of the investigation, and Danks received copies as the target of the probe. Danks shared the documents with others, a move state disciplinary officials called “misguided.” Haeger said the disclosure of his role in the investigation of Appel had made his life miserable and prompted him to move to Missouri. Appel also sued the FBI for giving the documents to the officials and won $100,000 in a settlement in April. Guide for women The co-author of a saucy new survival guide for young women attorneys has borrowed her husband’s surname “for purposes of writing this book only.” So reads the acknowledgements page of Sisters-in-Law: an Uncensored Guide for Women Practicing Law in the Real World, published last month. Deborah L. Turchiano, 36, a former corporate associate at a large Manhattan firm, asks further that the consultancy that now employs her remain nameless, due to her more freewheeling prose on delicate matters such as: • What happens when you lock up hormonally charged lawyers in their 20s and 30s in a building for days at a time, barring any contact with the outside world? You guessed it: sex, sex and more sex. • The cost of a luxurious lifestyle [at a large firm] is steep. You must be willing to sacrifice leisure for loot, pride for perks and ego for eternal servitude. • [I]f you can afford it and it is your calling to be a stay-at-home mommy-by all means do so and do not feel guilty! Your career is not over by a long shot . . . . [W]e are blessed with permanent skills that transcend time. Ms. Turchiano wrote Sisters with Los Angeles attorneys Lisa G. Sherman and Jill R. Schecter. “Our main message is, you’re going to be overwhelmed and you’re not going to know what’s going on and not too many people are going to help you,” Turchiano, a graduate of the Frederic G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, Gainesville, said in an interview. “You’re going to make mistakes. You’ll be stupid at the beginning. Everybody’s been through it. You’ll be OK.” The genesis of the book was a 10-year exchange of amusing tales and flat-out rants about life on the job, after which it occurred to the author/attorneys that they had the guts of a book. “So we bought Publishing for Dummies,” Turchiano said, “and sent our manuscript all over the place.” Los Angeles attorney Robert Shapiro, lead counsel in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, hailed the book as “loaded with wisdom, candor, insight and laugh-out-loud humor.”� American Lawyer Media

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