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A former prosecutor is accused of a court fight in which the opposing counsel wound up on the courtroom floor. Douglas Greenburg, 59, was booked with simple battery and released on $500 bond after the incident before Terrebonne Parish, La., District Judge Randy Bethancourt. The other attorney, Anthony Lewis, 60, was checked for minor injuries. The hearing was on Greenburg’s claim for legal fees from an inheritance trial in which Bethancourt had ruled for Greenburg’s clients. Lewis said he and Greenburg, voted out of office in 1996, have a “long-standing mutual dislike.” Lewis said Greenburg accused him of misconduct during the trial. Lewis said he retorted that the “former district attorney was still trying to prosecute.” Then, Lewis said, Greenburg called him a jackass. “I said, ‘What did you call me?’ ” Lewis recounted. “ He said, ‘Jackass.’ I said ‘Your mother is a jackass.’ Then he went off.” Lewis said Greenburg reached across the conference table, grabbed his jacket lapel, pushed him around and knocked him over. Lewis said his head hit the attorneys’ table, causing a momentary blackout, and he landed on his back. An officer sent to the courtroom found Lewis lying on the floor between the two attorneys’ tables, saying he had been knocked out, a police spokesman said. The judge cited both attorneys for contempt of court. Since it all happened in front of him, he doesn’t have to hold a hearing, he said, and will sentence the two whenever they return to finish the hearing. It was postponed indefinitely. High turnover Jessica Cutler appears to be burning through attorneys faster than boyfriends. The former Senate staffer, who detailed her sexual escapades in a blog that became public in May 2004, is the subject of an invasion of privacy suit filed by ex-lover Robert Steinbuch. Now she’s about to be dropped by her third law firm since Steinbuch’s suit was filed in May 2005. Cutler’s attorney, solo practitioner John Umana, moved to withdraw because “defendant has not paid fees to undersigned counsel.” It’s not the first time Cutler, who reportedly received a $300,000 advance for a novel based on her blog, has not paid her legal bills. According to a suit filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court, Cutler paid her first law firm, D.C.’s Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, $35,000 but still owes $54,271.19. Her second lawyer, William Bode of Bode & Grenier, dropped out after he was accused by Steinbuch’s attorney, Jonathan Rosen, of being one of the sexual partners described in Cutler’s blog, a charge Bode denies. Umana, it appears, just wants to be paid, adding in his motion that “should the situation change, undersigned would consider further representation of the defendant.”- Legal Times Poison pen Carl “Harry” Roesch liked to stay in touch by postcard. Trouble is, he sent hundreds of them. To judges. Filled with insults. The Ridgefield, Conn., man was arrested in 2004 for misdemeanor harassment and breach of peace, but now a prosecutor has agreed to drop the charges as long as he leaves the judges alone, said Philip Russell, his attorney. Roesch argued that he was exercising his free speech rights. He was upset with how he was treated by the judges during his divorce and domestic disturbance cases dating to the 1980s. The cards contained vulgar language, ethnic and racial slurs and even insults to the wife of one judge. Roesch has not sent any postcards for about two years. “He’s chilled out now and we hope he stays chilled out,” Russell said. - Associated Press

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