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A suit over a revealing picture in a high school yearbook has become a symposium on education and tort-claim law. Tyler Bennett of Colts Neck, N.J., claimed he suffered emotional distress because his genitals were partly visible in a basketball game picture in his 2001 school yearbook. His suit alleged Colts Neck High School officials were slow to suppress the yearbook, worsening the humiliation he suffered as a senior the next year, when he came in for serious razzing. And there was this novel issue: Does the publisher of such a picture violate child pornography laws if publication was inadvertent? So far, the answer to that question has been no. Indeed, the plaintiff has lost at the state trial and intermediate appellate levels. School board members were very upset that the plaintiff invoked the pornography statute “as if they had the intent to commit child pornography when it was clearly an error,” school board attorney Nathanya Simon said.- New Jersey Law Journal False witness Judge John Bayly Jr., known for his bow ties and his deeply held Catholic beliefs, isn’t the most likely reader of the profanity-laced blog Wonkette. Nevertheless, the District of Columbia Superior Court judge cited the blog during the recent assault trial of Duke University lacrosse player Collin Finnerty. Seems a Wonkette reader claimed to have seen the 19-year-old defendant at a party, and that would have violated his release conditions. Finnerty’s attorney, Steve McCool, said the report was in error, and the site subsequently conceded that its celebrity-sighting section, Wonk’d, involves “absolutely no fact-checking.” Finnerty was convicted of the misdemeanor arising from a fight in Washington and given probation. Wonkette also wondered whether “Finnerty’s attorney’s name really [is] Steve McCool? Because that sounds totally made up, and we really think you should look into that.” For the record, Steve McCool really is Steve McCool of Mallon & McCool in Washington. “My buddies were calling me and giving me a hard time about it,” he said.- Legal Times Must-see TV A British judge has been ordered to watch The Jerry Springer Show. With the U.K. distributor trying to break its contract on ground the show has grown too racy for local standards, the Court of Appeal said a trial judge should view “at least some of the episodes” of the two seasons at issue. However, Lord Justice David Neuberger said the parties should “agree a sensible basis upon which the trial judge can reach a conclusion… Without having to view anything like the totality of all the episodes of both series.” That would be 400 hours’ worth.- Associated Press

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