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Pontiac, Mich. (AP)-A 24-year-old college student was ordered to spend the weekend in jail after skipping jury duty. Ilya Kluzner, a student at University of Michigan-Dearborn, must also write a five-page essay on the historical perspective of the American dream and why jury duty is crucial, under the sentence imposed by Oakland County Circuit Judge Fred Mester. Mester found Kluzner in criminal contempt after he missed the second day of a two-day drug possession trial. “He just felt like he was skipping class,” Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor Jeffrey Kaelin said. The student initially faced up to 30 days in jail. His lawyer asked for leniency and his mother apologized for her son’s behavior. Bar sued over ads Las Vegas. (AP)-A Nevada personal injury lawyer who calls himself “The Heavy Hitter” has sued to prevent the State Bar of Nevada from disciplining him over his sometimes outlandish television ads. “Attorney [Glen] Lerner intends to air commercials which contain material that allows Attorney Lerner to illustrate his persona and convey to the public the type of advocate he is,” said the complaint, filed in federal court. Lerner’s TV ads include one where a giant gorilla takes bananas from him and gives them to space aliens seeking legal help for a vehicle accident. In another, a car-sized telephone drops down on a hapless group of people. Others contain testimonials from clients. Those commercials have resulted in threats of sanctions from the state bar, which warned Lerner in 2005 that his commercials violate Nevada Supreme Court rules that bar testimonials, endorsements or dramatization.

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