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STANFORD LAW PROF TO GET DOWN WITH DJ TO TALK COPYRIGHTS Thanks to DJ Danger Mouse, most people are familiar with the term “mash-up,” at least as it applies to music. Now, Lawrence Lessig, the Stanford Law School professor and copyright guru, has been enlisted to expand the idea into other realms. Tonight, in what is being billed as a mash-up between culture and public policy, Lessig will engage in a conversation with musician DJ Spooky. Lessig, the author of several books and a regular contributor to Wired magazine, advocates relaxed copyright laws to spur creativity. DJ Spooky, whose real name is Paul Miller, makes his living mixing together bits of other people’s songs to create new music. The pair will appear tonight at the Swedish American Hall in an event sponsored by PopandPolitics.com, a nonprofit journalism project based at San Francisco State University. PopandPolitics editor Farai Chideya, who will lead the discussion, said the event will explore our “cut and mix” culture. She plans to play some of “The Grey Album,” Danger Mouse’s controversial release that remixed vocals from rapper Jay-Z’s “Black Album” with music from the Beatles’ “White Album.” Although critically acclaimed, you won’t find it in record stores — the copyright nightmare was only available illegally via the Internet. “It’s this incredibly creative endeavor that has no legal standing,” Chideya said. “The law has not evolved with the creative process.” She’s also going to play clips from “Outfoxed,” a documentary about the Fox News Channel. Lessig served as the movie’s legal adviser. Chideya hopes the conversation will be the first in a continuing series of mash-ups bringing together people to discuss culture and public policy. — Jeff Chorney HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White wants to give more than a hundred lawyers a schooling in the rules of his courtroom. Last week, the Northern District judge slapped $250 sanctions on both sides of a San Francisco police brutality case for failing to follow his standing orders. Then he told the two defense attorneys, deputies in the roughly 180-lawyer city attorney’s office, to spread a cautionary tale among their co-workers. According to his sanctions order, they’ve got until Monday to distribute copies of his standing orders “throughout the city attorney’s office.” Lesson one: Think twice before writing him a letter. The judge’s ire was at least partly due to a pair of written communiques he got in the days leading up to last week’s court appearance. Each side wrote him a letter in which they disagreed over whether there were outstanding discovery issues and whether the trial should be pushed back. According to minutes of the proceeding, after fining both sides for not following his standing orders (his order doesn’t say which ones), the judge also “cautioned counsel that letter writing to this court is not allowed, except in the case of a discovery dispute.” Benjamin Rosenfeld, a lawyer with the Law Office of Dennis Cunningham, said he felt he needed to counter the other side’s factual account and their request to continue the trial. “I have a duty to represent my client, and one of an attorney’s duties is to respond.” Still, he said, he’ll find some other way to make his points to White in the future. “I won’t make this mistake again.” Deputy City Attorney Cassandra Knight declined to comment, as did Deputy City Attorney Sean Connolly, who noted last week that “the order’s not final and it’s still a pending matter.” — Pam Smith YOU THINK YOUR COURT’S BAD? In the midst of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing chaired by state Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Santa Ana, a couple of judges got into a friendly dispute over whose court facilities were in worse shape. The issue was SB 395, a court facilities bond proposal by state Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Whittier, to put a multibillion-dollar bond issue on the public ballot to pay for the cost of renovating, repairing and in some cases, replacing the state’s dilapidated court buildings. On hand were leaders from the Administrative Office of the Courts and several trial court judges who made the trip to Sacramento to tell lawmakers just how bad trial court facilities really are. San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Peter Norell led the charge, telling lawmakers that “we probably have the worst facilities in the state.” “Excuse me, no,” interrupted Escutia, “That’s Huntington Park.” That led Judge Brad Hill of Fresno to adopt a more diplomatic tone. “We have the third-worst facility,” said Hill. “And we, too, would urge your support on the bill.” — Jill Duman DEFENDERS PRIZE OGUL’S FIGHTING SPIRIT Alameda County Assistant Public Defender Michael Ogul is proud of the fight he brings inside the courtroom — and sometimes outside, too. Last year, Ogul, 49, was defending triple-murder suspect and self-described “Sausage King” Stuart Alexander when he challenged federal prosecutor John Laettner to a fight outside the courtroom elevator. “He was taunting me in the hallway,” Ogul said. “So I said, ‘OK, let’s go.’” Ogul and Laettner never came to blows. Ogul’s colleague, Deputy Public Defender Jason Clay, held him back, and Laettner says he didn’t react to Ogul’s challenge to throw down. Alexander received a death sentence earlier this year for gunning down three federal inspectors outside his San Leandro sausage plant in 2000. But Ogul’s blistering and contentious defense in that case — he still calls Alexander a victim of “tremendous injustice” — earned him more than a judge’s scorn. Last week, the California Public Defenders Association named Ogul Public Defender of the Year. Ogul said he is “honored and humbled.” He’s also unapologetic about the fight that almost was, arguing Laettner had acted “disrespectful” and “rude” during the trial. “When someone gets in your face, you can’t let them get away with it,” he said. Laettner, who called Ogul’s challenge a “low point” in the trial, has no hard feelings. He even sent Ogul a congratulatory e-mail. “I respect his tenacity,” he said. “He has a tremendous amount of energy and he’s well prepared. I wondered what award he would have received had he won the case.” — Warren Lutz

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