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Hellish jury pool Memphis, Tenn. (AP)-Defense attorney Leslie Ballin called it the “jury pool from hell.” The group of prospective jurors was summoned to listen to a case of Tennessee trailer park violence. Right after jury selection began last month, one man got up and left, announcing, “I’m on morphine and I’m higher than a kite.” When the prosecutor asked if anyone had been convicted of a crime, a prospective juror said that he had been arrested and taken to a mental hospital after he almost shot his nephew. He said he was provoked because his nephew would not come out from under the bed. Another would-be juror said he had had alcohol problems and was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover officer. “I should have known something was up,” he said. “She had all her teeth.” Another prospect volunteered that he probably should not be on the jury: “In my neighborhood, everyone knows that if you get Mr. Ballin [as your lawyer], you’re probably guilty.” He was not chosen. The case involved a woman accused of hitting her brother’s girlfriend in the face with a brick. Ballin’s client was found not guilty. Berra sues over ad New York (AP)-New York Yankees great Yogi Berra has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the TBS television network, claiming that it had sullied his good name by using it in a racy advertisement for its Sex and the City reruns. Berra’s papers, filed in state supreme court in New York, said that the Turner Broadcasting System Inc. ad, which has appeared on buses and in subways, caused “severe damage to his reputation” with its reference to Kim Cattrall’s sexually promiscuous character, Samantha. The offending ad, Berra’s court papers say, queried readers about the definition of “yogasm.” Possible definitions: (a) a type of yo-yo trick, (b) sex with Yogi Berra and (c) what Samantha has with a guy from yoga class. The answer is (c). The reference to the sexual act made in connection with Berra “engenders a moral taint that has damaged his otherwise spotless reputation,” said his court papers, which were posted on the “Smoking Gun” Web site. Berra, 79, “is a married man and has children and grandchildren,” his court papers said. “He is a deeply religious man who has maintained and continues to maintain a moral lifestyle and has a spotless reputation for integrity, decency and moral character.” Berra learned about the ad for the reruns of HBO’s popular series when his granddaughter saw it in a magazine, took it to him and asked him about it, said his lawyer, Lewis Smoley. Smoley said he was told that TBS had stopped running the ad last August. The Berra lawsuit seeks $5 million on each of two causes of action: commercial use of his name without permission, and unjust enrichment by use of his name without permission. A spokeswoman for TBS, based in Atlanta, refused to comment. DUI charge for Ohio justice Columbus, Ohio (AP)-A state Supreme Court justice was pulled over and charged with driving under the influence after several motorists called to report an erratic driver on an interstate highway. Justice Alice Robie Resnick also was charged with driving outside marked lines, a minor misdemeanor. Resnick, 65, of Toledo, Ohio, was driving south on Interstate Route 75 south of Bowling Green when she was pulled over, Lt. Rick Zwayer, a State Highway Patrol spokesman, said last week. “A strong odor of alcohol was detected” on the justice, and police believe that alcohol was the reason for the erratic driving, Zwayer said. Resnick failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at 2:02 p.m. on Jan. 31 in northwest Ohio, Zwayer said.

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