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A Nevada lawyer who calls himself “The Heavy Hitter” in television ads is going to bat-for himself. Personal injury lawyer Glen Lerner said he will sue in federal court to protect his right to free speech after he ran afoul of the State Bar of Nevada. “The bar told me by calling myself ‘The Heavy Hitter,’ it was false and misleading because it was stating I’m the only heavy hitter,” Lerner said. “It’s beyond ridiculous.” Lerner, who advertises heavily on television in the Las Vegas area, said he has butted heads with the bar over several commercials, including one in which a giant phone falls on an unsuspecting litigant. “They said it created anxiety,” Lerner said. “Does the average person really believe a giant phone is going to land on them?” “It’s a balance,” said Bill Turner, chairman of a committee formed by the Nevada Supreme Court to examine lawyer advertising. “There are the rights of a businessperson, and there are the rights of the public.”- Associated Press Lawyers on TV NBC’s latest venture into legal nighttime soaps does have its moments, if pretty, young actors are your thing. Conviction, a show about assistant district attorneys during and after hours, is as real as the bailiff who, at the behest of a judge, instructs a DA on the rules of direct examination when she leads a witness in front of a jury. But that judge had already been referred to as a “misogynistic ex-DA prick,” so it was understandable. Only Jimmy Stewart, who could make any fairy tale seem real, could get away with a line like, “I assure you, Miss, the man who did this will be punished to the full extent of the law.” Then again, it was a pilot, which one might compare to a lawyer’s first trial. If the show sticks around, there is always hope it will get better. -Staff Reports Annals of HR A man and woman were cited in a bizarre incident that resulted in a fake penis being microwaved at a convenience store near Pittsburgh. Leslye Creighton and Vincent Bostic were cited for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct in the incident. Bostic had filled a fake penis with his urine that Creighton, a friend, planned to use to pass a pre-employment drug test, police said. Creighton asked a store clerk to microwave the device so the urine inside would be body temperature. Police were not sure why Creighton chose to use a device that mimics the male sex organ to pass her drug test-or whether she got the job. -Associated Press

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