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Humming The Twilight Zone theme song to imply a client’s ex-wife is mentally unstable will enrage not only the ex-wife, but maybe the state’s lawyer- discipline police as well. Just ask Torrington, Conn., divorce attorney Steven H. Levy. The Statewide Grievance Committee recently reprimanded him for using “means that have no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third person,” in violation of the state Rules of Professional Conduct. The complaint, filed by Gina Bunch, stemmed from a July 19, 2004, meeting in Litchfield Superior Court, after which Bunch described Levy as “sarcastic, rude and incredibly unprofessional.” At one point during the stormy conference, the issue of taking a psychological exam came up, and Bunch asked why there was the need for such a test. Bunch alleged that Levy said someone in the room had psychological problems before staring at her, and then humming a few bars of The Twilight Zone theme song. Another complaint filed by Bunch-that Levy burned her hand with a cigarette-was dismissed. The reviewing committee determined that the cigarette burn, which occurred as Levy was standing outside court and Bunch approached him from behind, was an accident. However, it said, Levy’s apology to Bunch-to the effect of “I’m sorry you ran into my cigarette”-may have been “rude and boorish.” Levy denied any humming, but added that he did not intend to pursue the matter. -Connecticut Law Tribune A little off the top Meanwhile, across the Pond, changes are in store for the British justice system that could leave London’s barristers wigless. Nicholas Phillips, aka Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, was installed last fall as lord chief justice, the top judge in England. He’s been presiding over reforms including creation of a supreme court similar to the U.S. high court. But never mind that. The big news is that he’s considering doing away with the wigs traditionally worn in British courtrooms, according to British and U.S. press accounts. The traditional horsehair headpieces contribute to the theater of the courtroom, but to critics they give the impression that the profession is, shall we say, out of touch. Besides that, they get smelly and are expensive, too-they start at $800 in American money. The really fancy ones judges wear can fetch more than $4,000. “Some people think it gives them more authority,” London barrister John Baldwin told the Washington Post. “But most of us think they’re itchy.” The idea came up in the early 1990s but went nowhere at the time. The wigs’ abolition would put a venerable craft of wigmakers out of business, but that’s OK by Nicholas Fuller, of the outfitters Stanley Ley. “Nobody wants to make them. We make a massive loss,” he told London’s Guardian newspaper. “When the lord chancellor’s department came to us in ’91-’92, we said, ‘Get rid of them.’ “ -Staff reports Wrong job A Philippine judge who claims to possess supernatural powers, including the ability to see into the future, apparently hasn’t mastered those forces -he failed to foresee his own dismissal. The supreme court sacked Judge Florentino Floro after psychiatric tests concluded he was unfit. He has claimed that he has psychic visions, can appear in two places at once and can inflict pain on corrupt officials using his powers. However, the court said, Floro’s “suspiciousness, seclusiveness, preoccupation with paranormal and psychic phenomena . . . [are] not detrimental to his role as a lawyer.” -Associated Press

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