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Juror fined for call Mays Landing, N.J. (AP)-A New Jersey judge held a juror in contempt of court and fined the man for making a cellphone call during deliberations in a recent drug trial. Lawrence White was also replaced on the panel weighing the fate of a corrections officer charged with passing drugs to an inmate at the Atlantic County jail. Judge Michael Donio of Atlantic County Superior Court last week fined White $200 and scolded the 66-year-old, saying that his actions threatened to undermine the legal process. “If the court were to allow this type of instance to go unpunished, it would demoralize the court’s ability to perform fair and impartial proceedings,” Donio said. Other jurors alerted the judge about White’s phone call. “I never intended to do anything that was incorrect,” said White. Hair-raising stunt Harrisburg, Pa. (AP)-A man was sentenced to probation last week for snatching the hairpiece off the head of another man at a restaurant. Paul J. Goudy, 25, of Lemoyne, Pa., pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to 23 months’ probation, fined $500 and ordered to write a letter of apology. The victim, Edward Floyd, 60, was sitting in the Fisaga restaurant in Harrisburg on Jan. 1 when Goudy ripped the hairpiece off his head, taking with it a gold chain that hung from his neck, according to court documents. Goudy said another man had offered him $100 to do it as a dare. Jensen’s new home Given what happened the last time that Frode Jensen tried to join a new law firm, he could be forgiven for staying low-key about his most recent move. Two years ago, Jensen’s announced departure to the New York office of Latham & Watkins prompted his former firm, Pillsbury Winthrop, to issue an unprecedented press release accusing him of sexual harassment and declining productivity. In the highly public uproar that followed, Jensen was obliged to give up his bid to join Latham, which would have paid him more than $1 million a year. He then sued Pillsbury for $45 million. In March 2003, Pillsbury publicly apologized to Jensen as part of a settlement whose other terms were undisclosed. Following that, it was widely presumed he would neither need nor want to return to a firm. But now he is back. Since July, Jensen has been a partner in the New York office of Holland & Knight. Charged with helping to build the firm’s corporate and mergers and acquisitions practice, Jensen said in an interview last week that he is eager to get back into the swing of things. “There was a period of healing to get over,” he said, “but staying busy and staying intellectually stimulated and saving for the future are all important goals.” In his suit against Pillsbury, Jensen claimed that the firm’s actions had harmed his future employability, but he said the statement was made in the heat of battle. In fact, he said, he was contacted by numerous law firms seeking to bring him on board. He also considered launching a solo practice. “It really wasn’t appropriate for someone of my background,” said Jensen, who was an associate at New York-based Davis Polk & Wardwell before joining Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, which merged with San Francisco’s Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in 2001. Jensen said he had already known partners at Holland & Knight who were eager to have him join the firm. When he entered the process to become a partner at the 1,200-lawyer firm at the beginning of 2004, he said, he candidly addressed the accusations made in Pillsbury’s press release, which he has maintained are untrue. “They agreed I was not at fault,” he said. Steven Sonberg, the chairman of Holland & Knight’s corporate group, said the earlier controversy was not an issue for partners at the firm. —American Lawyer Media

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