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The young lawyer anticipated opposition from his firm’s shareholders about his pro bono plans for this summer, given the cuss word and all. H. Carl Myers, a first-year associate with the Austin, Texas, office of Jenkens & Gilchrist, had read about Vyki Robbins in the newspaper. In early June, the Austin American-Statesman reported that a Bartlett, Texas, city magistrate had issued a disorderly conduct charge because Robbins called a Bartlett City Council member an “asshole.” To his surprise, Dallas-based Jenkens gave him solid support. “The firm is a big supporter of free speech and constitutional rights,” said Bill Parrish, head of litigation for Jenkens. Myers believes his client, who says she never even raised her voice when she uttered the word, was unfairly charged because she criticized a public official. According to his affidavit, the city council member, Arthur J. White, dropped by the city pool on May 7 and sat at one of the few available poolside tables, which was occupied by Robbins and others. After a brief conversation with Robbins, he heard her tell her elementary school age son, “Don’t talk to him; he’s an asshole.” “It was the language itself, and the manner in which she said the word, and the place where she said it,” that prompted him to file a complaint with the city magistrate, White said. Myers wants to focus on the underlying free-speech issues in the case. “It’s just very important to me that if someone uses vulgar language to describe a politician that not be criminalized,” he said. Promise to behave Associated Press Groping charges against Christian Slater will be dropped if the actor stays out of trouble for the next six months, under a plea agreement reached with prosecutors. “The case is dismissed, and we are very pleased with the outcome,” his lawyer, Eric Franz, said outside a criminal court building in New York. In July, the actor had rejected a plea bargain that would have required him to perform three days of community service in exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree harassment. Slater, 36, was arrested on May 31 and charged with forcible touching for allegedly groping a woman during a late-night run-in in Manhattan. He faced up to a year in jail if convicted. Slater, whose credits include Heathers, Broken Arrow and True Romance, was appearing in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway at the time of his arrest. It was not his first run-in with the law. The actor served 90 days in jail for an August 1997 incident in which he reportedly bit one man in the stomach and threw a police officer against a wall during a rowdy Los Angeles party. The sponsor of a 2003 golf tournament agreed on Sept. 20 to settle a lawsuit filed by a teenager who claimed he should be paid a $10,000 prize for shooting a hole-in-one. The amount was not disclosed. Hole-in-two Associated Press Adam Fisher, 19, sued the Iowa FFA Foundation after the group refused to pay him the prize for sinking the shot at a 196-yard par-three hole at Legacy Golf Course in Norwalk, Iowa. Tournament officials argued the shot didn’t count because Fisher used a mulligan-one of four “do-overs” that Fisher’s team had bought from tournament organizers for $5 each. Roger Stone, Fisher’s lawyer, said tournament rules included nothing about mulligans being banned from the hole-in-one contest. Before the Polk County jury was given instructions on Sept. 13, a settlement was reached, said Ed Skinner, the attorney representing the FFA Foundation.

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