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When a temporary San Francisco prosecutor wrote on his personal blog about a misdemeanor case he was handling last December, he probably didn’t think the judge would read it. But Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow did hear about it. And he was not happy. Karnow called now-ex-prosecutor Jay Kuo’s conduct “juvenile, obnoxious and unprofessional,” and declared his intention to send his written ruling to the State Bar of California. The contents of the blog posts were no longer available online, but according to Karnow’s ruling, Kuo at various points called his opposing counsel “chicken” when she asked for a continuance, directly alluded to her with some posting titles obscene enough that the judge did not repeat them and mentioned a prior conviction that had not yet been deemed admissible at trial. Karnow declined to throw out the case, saying Kuo hadn’t intended to interfere with the defendant’s relationship with his lawyer. “Such thoughts were far from his mind: He sought only to celebrate himself, tout his prowess and to preen his own feathers, as it were, unconscious of other effect,” the judge wrote. The district attorney’s office has updated its personnel policies to make it clear that prosecutors ought not to blog about their cases in public. Kuo, meanwhile, has left the temporary prosecutor program as well as his regular job at San Francisco litigation firm Keker & Van Nest-to write and compose musicals, he said. His current production is called Insignificant Others.-The Recorder No joking matter Comedian Stephen Colbert inspired a furious debate over his takedown of President Bush and the Washington press corps during the recent White House Correspondents Dinner. Now comes the intellectual property dispute. C-Span has written letters warning Internet sites YouTube.com and ifilm.com to stop streaming the nonprofit cable network’s video of Colbert’s remarks, The New York Times reported. Apparently, it was a first for C-Span. “We have had other hot-I hate to use that word-videos that generated a lot of buzz,” C-Span Executive Vice President Rob Kennedy told the newspaper. “But this is the first time it has occurred since the advent of video clipping sites.” It was not a matter of censorship, but of copyright. The cable channel noted on its Web site, cspan.org, that the video is available for free on the site and, through a licensing agreement, via Google Video. “Our goal in enforcing our copyright has been and continues to be to ensure that C-Span’s reputation for unbiased coverage of the political process is maintained,” C-Span said. YouTube marketing executive Julie Supan noted that her site had done much to spur interest in the video. “This was an exciting moment for them in a viral, random way,” she told the Times. “To take it down from one site and uploading it on another, it is perplexing.” -Staff reports Had it coming A Connecticut prosecutor will not be charged criminally for using force in a courtroom incident last May. Authorities concluded Norwalk, Conn., Assistant State’s Attorney Michael DeJoseph had been trying to defend a judge against a violent defendant. State police said Anthony Rogers threw a metal file holder at the judge after being held in contempt for belligerence. The prosecutor “was within his right to utilize physical force to prevent the judge from being harmed,” a police statement read. Rogers’ attorney said his client wasn’t throwing the file at the judge, but merely knocked it off the table-and that DeJoseph punched the defendant twice after he’d been restrained. -The Connecticut Law Tribune

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