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A bald, mustachioed lawyer turned up at court wearing a skirt and blouse and toting a purse to protest a lack of care and sensitivity among New Zealand’s male-dominated judiciary. Rob Moodie, 67, arrived at Wellington’s High Court in a navy blue woman’s suit complete with diamond brooch and lace-topped stockings over his hairy legs, the Dominion Post reported. “I will now, as a lawyer, be wearing women’s clothing,” Moodie said. He said he wants the court to address him as “Ms. Alice”-and that his wife and three children support his protest. His attire, he insisted, is to highlight the insensitive “old boys’ network” of New Zealand’s judiciary. “My confidence in the male ethos is zilch. It’s a culture of intimidation, authority, power and control,” the high-profile lawyer said. Moodie said that although he is heterosexual, he was born with an innate understanding of the female gender. His protest was prompted by frustration over a long-running case involving a farming couple held responsible for a bridge built by the army on their land that collapsed, killing a beekeeper. So near, and yet . . . A mundane Monday for hundreds of potential jurors suddenly buzzed with excitement when two political bigwigs were spotted: White House adviser Karl Rove and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. “A lady came and sat next to me and said ‘Do you see who I see?’ ” a witness told The Associated Press. The witness said that the Bush strategist, a Republican, was sitting on the left in a court waiting area, and the former secretary of state, a Democrat, was sitting on the right. Both Rove and Albright were among a group of possible jurors called into the courtroom of District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Rafael Diaz just before lunch. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said that Rove was quickly excused from serving as a juror because he knew the judge socially. Albright’s spokeswoman, Jamie Smith, said that the former secretary was called back for a second day. -Associated Press In plain sight When looking for something lost, it’s best to start with the obvious. So perhaps the police in Newark, N.J., seeking a man accused of murdering his own father, should have known to check out the funeral. In fact, it was an anonymous tipster who summoned officers to the Christian Love Baptist Church to arrest Bernard Hoover during memorial services for Earnest Hoover. They charged him with homicide and illegal weapons possession, the Newark Star-Ledger reported. Police said that Earnest Hoover had intervened in a fight between his son and his son’s girlfriend on the day of the shooting. The two argued, and the son shot the father, police said. -Staff reports Head case A Haitian woman was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $1,000 for carrying a human skull in her luggage into the United States. U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn also ordered Myrlene Severe, 30, to find a job, her attorney Kenneth Hassett said. A plea deal allowed her to plead guilty in April to a misdemeanor charge of improper storage of human remains. Severe practices Voodoo and believed the skull would provide protection, Hassett said. “All of us has something unusual in our religions,” he said. -Associated Press

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