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DA indicted on drug charges Richard J. Roach, the district attorney for five Texas panhandle counties, was indicted on Jan. 12 on federal firearms and drug possession charges. He has pleaded not guilty. On Jan. 11, federal agents arrested Roach, who is district attorney in Texas’ 31st and 223d judicial districts, while he was in the courtroom of 223d District Judge Leland W. Waters in Pampa. The indictment charges Roach, 55, with three felonies-one count of being an addict or unlawful user in possession of firearms, one count of possession with intent to distribute or dispense methamphetamine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute or dispense cocaine. He also was indicted for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. - ALM Bordello brawl Reno, Nev. (AP)-A brothel owner has been barred by a judge from using the name of Nevada’s most storied bordello until a lawsuit over ownership of the trademark is settled. Lance Gilman bought the pink stucco building that once housed the Mustang Ranch in 2003 for $145,100 and moved it a short distance next to his Wild Horse Adult Resort & Spa off Interstate Route 80 east of Reno. He had planned to reopen the second brothel under the Mustang Ranch name later this month. “I’m on hold until we do a trademark trial, and that’s scheduled in April, which is probably all right because I have a lot of construction to do anyway,” Gilman told the Nevada Appeal of Carson City, Nev. Rival brothel owner David Burgess sued Gilman last year in U.S. district court in Reno over use of the Mustang Ranch name. Burgess, who renamed his Old Bridge Ranch brothel just east of Reno the Mustang Ranch in 2003, claims he’s the exclusive licensee of rights in the trademark. Attorney Lara Pearson, who represents Burgess, said Gilman should not be allowed to continue using the name in his advertising because of a federal judge’s Dec. 30, 2004, ruling barring him from opening a brothel by that name. “We think the judge made the right decision,” Pearson said. Gilman said he’s not been ordered by the court to discontinue use of the name in his advertising: “All I’m facing at this moment in time is that I may not open the buildings as the Mustang Ranch.” The government seized the Mustang Ranch in 1999 after guilty verdicts against its parent companies and manager in a federal fraud and racketeering trial. Bureau of Land Management officials said the government had owned the trademark because it received all Mustang Ranch assets through criminal forfeiture proceedings against Joe Conforte and later owners. Gilman contends he assumed ownership of the trademark when he bought the building on eBay from the government in 2003. But Burgess claims the government did not acquire rights in the name after it seized the Mustang Ranch. Conforte took over the Mustang Ranch in 1967, when prostitution was illegal. In 1971, it became the state’s first legal brothel and led to a movement that legalized prostitution in 12 of Nevada’s 17 counties. Conforte fled to Brazil to avoid tax charges more than a decade ago. Joke was on them Hear the one about two guys telling lawyer jokes? It happened last week to the founders of a group called Americans for Legal Reform, who were waiting in line to get into the Nassau County 1st District Court in Hempstead, N.Y. “How do you tell when a lawyer is lying?” Harvey Kash reportedly asked Carl Lanzisera. “His lips are moving,” they said in unison. A lawyer in line wasn’t laughing. He told them to pipe down, and when they didn’t, reported them to court personnel, who charged them with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. - ALM

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