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Putting dirty pictures of his ex-girlfriend in Christmas cards to her parents and 100 other relatives is going to cost a New Jersey man $500,000. Bergen County Superior Court Judge Peter Doyne ruled that Philip Grimado inflicted emotional distress on Rhonda Del Mastro after he sent provocative, erotic pictures he had taken of her during their September 2002 through May 2003 relationship. Whether he did it for “lost love or lost money” was irrelevant, Doyne ruled. “That which occurred here simply cannot be countenanced in a civilized society,” he said. The judge said he believed psychiatrists who found that Del Mastro’s emotional distress over the 2003 mailing was palpable. Del Mastro had consented to the pictures being taken, but her character wasn’t the issue, the judge said.- New Jersey Law Journal AKA ‘the judge’ A New York judge accused of money laundering and attempting to fence diamonds cannot be removed from the November ballot, according to elections officials. Vincent Grasso, a spokesman for the Nassau County Board of Elections, said the charges against Nassau County District Judge David A. Gross came too late. Under state law, he said, unless a candidate declines his nomination within days of being selected, the only way a name can be removed from the ballot is if the candidate dies, is no longer qualified for office or receives and accepts a nomination to seek a higher office. “He can’t even remove himself,” he said. A Democrat, Gross also appeared on the Independence Party primary ballot Sept. 13, drawing 197 votes out of 3,648 cast. He is up for a second term. He has told the New York Court of Appeals, the state high court, that he does not oppose being suspended during the pendency of the federal criminal case against him, but has asked to continue drawing his $122,700 annual salary. Federal agents arrested Gross as part of a broader operation that also nabbed reputed members of the Genovese crime family as well as a restaurant owner. According to authorities, an undercover agent posing as a diamond fencer had been introduced to Gross by an intermediary with ties to organized crime. The FBI obtained a warrant authorizing the arrest of “David A. Gross, a/k/a ‘the judge.’ ” Gross now shares space in a criminal complaint caption with defendants known as “ Beaver,” “Joe Box,” “Billy Boy” and “Mousey.” His attorney, John F. Carman of Garden City, N.Y., declined to be interviewed. Christopher T. McGrath, president of the Nassau County bar group, called the criminal allegations “a blemish on the judiciary,” but conceded that his organization too was handcuffed. “The bar can’t do anything to get him off the ballot,” he said. “We only judge his actions on the bench, not the guy’s personal life.” -New York Law Journal Yum Tiger, donkey. Whatever. A restaurant in northeastern China that advertised illegal tiger-meat dishes was found instead to be selling donkey flesh marinated in tiger urine, a newspaper reported. The Hufulou restaurant, located beside the Heidaohezi tiger reserve near the city of Hailin, had advertised stir-fried tiger meat with chilies for $98, as well as liquor flavored with tiger bone for $74 a bottle, the China Daily reported. Raw meat was priced at $864 per kilogram. The sale of tiger parts is illegal in China and officers shut down the restaurant, only to be told by owner, Ma Shikun, that the meat was actually that of donkeys flavored with tiger urine to give the dish a “special” tang, the paper said. Authorities confiscated the restaurant’s profits and fined Ma $296. -AP

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