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The business in the strip club was bad enough, but an oversight panel said that what really steamed it was that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kevin Ross was dishonest about it. The California Commission on Judicial Performance removed Ross from office, citing his judging of a Miss Wet on the Net contest in the strip club, work as a private arbitrator on a reality- TV program pilot, improper demeanor and comments about pending cases. But it was more Ross’ “manifest and pervasive lack of honesty and accountability throughout these proceedings” that compelled his ouster, the commissioners wrote. Ross said that he accepts “complete responsibility for those specific actions that did not exemplify the highest standards of judicial excellence,” but was mulling his options. � The Recorder Brought to heel The Florida Supreme Court has muzzled a pair of “pit bull” lawyers. The justices unanimously decided that a TV commercial featuring a pit bull in a spiked collar and the telephone number PIT-BULL demeans the legal profession and misleads the public. They reprimanded Fort Lauderdale lawyers John Pape and Marc Chandler. Chief Justice Barbara Pariente wrote that if the court approved the pit bull ad, “`images of sharks, wolves, crocodiles and piranhas could follow.” [See Page 23.] � Associated Press Price of celebrity Sometimes it pays to be sure you really want what you ask for. An assistant U.S. attorney from New Jersey found out the hard way when he outed himself in the pages of The New Yorker magazine as the author of “Underneath Their Robes,” a somewhat lurid Web log about the federal judiciary. David Lat, 30, told the magazine he was ending his anonymity because the blog’s success left him “frustrated that I was putting a lot of time into this and was unable to get any credit for it.” Now he’s gotten more “credit” than he could have imagined. Almost immediately after the article was out, Lat took down the site in accord with a “mutual decision” between him and Christopher J. Christie, U.S. attorney for New Jersey. His spokesman said the blog violated an office policy against comments to the media by prosecutors. The blog, written in the voice of a female lawyer called Article III Groupie, had tone and content befitting a celebrity-sightings forum. It reported, for example, that a few days after the White House announced Harriet Miers’ nomination to the Supreme Court, 3d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Samuel Alito was seen in Newark, N.J., looking “absolutely inconsolable.” Regular features included “Superhotties of the Federal Judiciary,” touting the allures of male and female jurists including Lourdes Baird (C.D. Calif.), “a lovely Latina [who] leads UTR readers to exclaim, ‘Que rica!’ ” Of Alfred Goodwin (9th Cir.), Lat wrote, “ Article III Groupie is ready to be lassoed, tied and dropped by this judicial hottie!” � New Jersey Law Journal

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