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Attorney gets too close to her client Seattle (AP)-The Washington Supreme Court has announced a two-year suspension for a lawyer caught having jailhouse sex with a triple-murder defendant she was representing. In addition to her suspension, Theresa Olson must undergo a psychological evaluation before she can be reinstated. Earlier, Olson and the Washington State Bar Association had agreed to a one-year suspension, but the state high court rejected the bar’s recommendation. In 2002, guards outside a King County Jail conference room saw Olson with her dress pulled up and her client, Sebastian Burns, standing behind her with his pants down. At the time of the encounter, Olson was 43 and married; Burns was 26. Olson was removed from the case, and Burns was given new counsel. He was convicted last year, along with a friend, of beating the friend’s sister and parents to death at their Bellevue, Wash., home in 1994. Judge’s talk gets him in hot water An admonition from the chief judge of the 2d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and a public apology by 2d Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi were found to be appropriate sanctions for a speech given by Calabresi in which he drew an analogy between the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore and the use of legitimate institutions by fascist leaders to cement their rise to power. Acting on a report filed by a special committee charged with investigating complaints about Calabresi for his comments last year at an American Constitutional Society event, the 2d Circuit’s Judicial Council concluded that his apology-coupled with his public admonition by Chief Judge John M. Walker-was an appropriate sanction for violating the proscription in the Canons of Judicial Ethics against political behavior by judges. Calabresi made his remarks, which he said were intended to address the “deeper structural issue that is at stake in this election,” from the floor at a June 19, 2004, panel discussion on the implications of the 2000 presidential election. Bush, he said, “came to power as a result of the illegitimate acts of a legitimate institution.” He continued: “That is what the Supreme Court did in Bush v. Gore. It put somebody in power. Now, he might have won anyway, he might not have, but what happened was . . . an illegitimate act by an institution that had the legitimate right to put somebody in power. The reason I emphasize that is because that is exactly what happened when Mussolini was put in by the king of Italy, that is, the king of Italy had the right to put Mussolini in though he had not won an election and make him prime minister. That is what happened when Hindenburg put Hitler in. I’m not suggesting for a moment that Bush is Hitler. I want to be clear on that, but it is a situation which is extremely unusual.” - ALM Smucker Co. sure has a lot of crust Washington (AP)-There’s only so far you can go in trying to patent the ever-popular peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently rejected an effort by J.M. Smucker Co. to patent its process for making pocket-size peanut butter and jelly pastries called “Uncrustables.” Smucker’s peanut butter and jelly pockets are enclosed without a crust using a crimping method that the Orrville, Ohio, company says is one of a kind and should be protected from duplication by federal law. Patent examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office disagreed, saying the crimped edges are similar to making ravioli or a pie crust.

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