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The Supreme Court was 40 minutes into a routine oral argument, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was asking a question. Suddenly, a shot rang out-or so it seemed. It actually was an exploding light bulb in the coffered ceiling high above the justices, but it sounded to one eyewitness like a flash-bang grenade used to disorient the enemy. Ginsburg jumped from her seat as court police moved toward the bench, uncertain what was under way. Seconds later, Justice Stephen G. Breyer rendered his verdict: “Light bulb went out!” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. cut the tension, laughingly calling the incident “a trick they play on new chief justices all the time.” Justice Antonin Scalia, mindful of the date-it was Oct. 31-added, “Happy Halloween!” - Legal Times The lawyer before the court was Kim Martin Lewis, a partner at the Cincinnati firm Dinsmore & Shohl. It was her debut appearance before the justices. “It absolutely sounded like a shot,” Lewis said later. “It scared the heck out of me.” But back home, she has been telling friends, “At least the justices won’t forget me.” No half measures When Wyoming District Judge Edward Grant heard a request to send a man to prison for his aggravated assault conviction, he was only too happy to oblige. After all, the request came from the defendant, Ricky Ewing, himself. Grant initially agreed to a prosecution recommendation to send Ewing, 44, to a halfway house for beating up his girlfriend and interfering with deputies. But Ewing spoke briefly with his attorney, Joe Bustos, who told Grant that Ewing would rather go to prison. Grant obliged with a 4 1/2-year prison term. - Associated Press

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