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Both major-party candidates for a New York congressional seat are decrying an ad sponsored by a national Republican committee that accuses the Democrat of billing taxpayers for a call to a phone-sex line. The ad shows Michael Arcuri, the Oneida County, N.Y., district attorney, leering at the silhouette of a woman who says, “Hi, sexy. You’ve reached the live, one-on-one fantasy line.” Arcuri’s campaign said that an associate mistakenly dialed an 800-number sex line two years ago from Arcuri’s New York City hotel room. The number shares the same last seven digits with the number for the state Department of Criminal Justice Services, which was dialed the minute after the first call was made. Arcuri is threatening to sue for libel. Even his GOP opponent, state Senator Ray Meier, described the ad as “way over the line.” However, the ad’s sponsor, the National Republican Congressional Committee, insisted it was “totally true.” Robert Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, called the ad “an egregiously stupid accusation.” -Associated Press Superhero Esq. Lawyers learning business development skills now have superheroes to look up to, thanks to a lighthearted new comic book for the esquire set. In Attorney Man, our hero Tim Silver battles greedy senior partner Harry Hoard and the Jealous Mistress of the Law as he morphs into the client-centered title character. Liselaw Gold, one of Silver’s female colleague at Cha Chingi Changa LLP, undergoes a similar transformation. Longtime law business development consultant Karen Katz finished the book before taking a business development job with Boston’s Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo this month. She said that graphic novels are increasingly popular with adults in the United States and a good antidote to the super-serious world of corporate lawyers. “Attorneys are so smart, so educated, they can overthink or overanalyze an issue,” said Katz, who is an attorney by training. “At some point you just need them to take a risk and try something different and act like a superhero.” Silver’s metamorphosis begins when kindly Dr. Development helps him meld his left and right brain thinking. “[Tim Silver] anticipated every downside,” Katz wrote. “He was intolerant of ambiguity. He coveted the black letter of the law, but it was this very attribute, this ‘Thinking like a lawyer’ that was holding him back.” Katz is self-publishing the book, illustrated by Raul Gonzalez, which is available at www.attorneyman.org.-Staff Reports Prayer for relief A testy exchange between a North Carolina Superior Court judge and a lawyer has netted the attorney two days in jail and the temporary loss of his law license. Judge Michael Helms and defense attorney Raymond Marshall have clashed several times during an assault case that has gone to trial three times. On the first day of testimony in the latest trial, Helms stopped Marshall during the questioning of one of the witnesses. Marshall said “Lord!” and reared back in his chair with outstretched arms, cast his eyes upward and turned to the audience, the judge said. “How am I supposed to take that?” he said as he penalized the lawyer. Marshall, who is also a minister, said that the remark was the beginning of a prayer and that he meant no disrespect. “When you’re involved in trial and the motors are running . . . there are times when you feel you need strength and my strength comes from God,” Marshall said. -Associated Press

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