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Douglas Litowitz, an Ohio attorney and author, has chosen a title for his latest work that practically guarantees rousing debate at law firms and campuses everywhere: The Destruction of Young Lawyers. The just-published opus is slim. But it cuts into the academic establishment, bar authorities and big-firm law like a shiv. Litowitz declares on Page 1 that young lawyers “shoulder most of the misery within the profession.” “All of the available evidence-anecdotal and statistical-points to the inescapable conclusion that the legal profession makes young people unhappy, anxious, depressed and desperate,” he wrote. “Unlike their older counterparts, young lawyers cannot reminisce about the good old days when lawyers were ‘civil’ and ‘professional.’ In fact, young lawyers are morosely unhappy and pessimistic.” The hedge fund attorney has taught law in Ohio, Oregon, Illinois and Florida, but suggested that his future in academe could be limited, due to his book. “It’s kind of a career-ender,” he said. “But I’ve really tried to say what I thought it was time to say-and let the chips fall where they may. I hope readers will say, ‘Here’s a guy telling the truth.’”- New York Law Journal Role playing A Massachusetts prosecutor got perhaps a little carried away during a dominatrix’s murder trial. Authorities in Middlesex County, Mass., said that 53-year-old Michael Lord suffered a heart attack during a bondage session in a “dungeon” in Barbara Asher’s condominium-and that she did nothing to help him for five minutes for fear authorities would find out about her business. Asher had her boyfriend chop up the body of the 275-pound retired telephone company worker, and they dumped it behind a restaurant in Maine, prosecutors said. His remains have never been found. Authorities said Asher, who called herself Mistress Lauren M, confessed to police, but the alleged confession was not taped, and investigators testified they did not save their notes. Asher’s lawyer, Stephanie Page, said there was nothing to prove Lord was even dead. During his closing argument to the jury, prosecutor Robert Nelson put on a black leather mask with a zippered mouth opening and re-enacted the bondage session. With both hands, he reached back and clutched the top of a blackboard as if strapped to the rack. Then he hung his head as if dead. Asher’s lawyer objected, and the judge agreed. “That’s enough Mr. Nelson,” Superior Court Judge Charles Grabau said. “Thank you for your demonstration.” The jury proved a tough audience. It acquitted Asher.- Associated Press Killer joke Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, speaking at a traditionally black college, joked that U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens should be poisoned. Coulter had told the audience at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., that more conservative justices were needed on the Supreme Court to change the current law on abortion. Stevens is one of the court’s most liberal members. “We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens’ cr�me brul�e,” Coulter said. “That’s just a joke, for you in the media.” At one point during her address, which was part of a lecture series, some audience members booed when she cut off two questioners. “I’m not going to be lectured to,” Coulter told one man in a raised voice. She drew more boos when she said the crack cocaine problem “has pretty much gone away.”- Associated Press

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