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A Florida judge was ordered to accept mentoring after bringing a loaded gun into his courtroom and announcing he was “locked and loaded.” Bay County Court Judge Michael Hauversburk said he brought the handgun to court because he was frustrated that a defendant facing a felony parole violation was being tried for a separate misdemeanor charge in a courtroom with inadequate security. Hauversburk, after telling the defense attorney that he was “locked and loaded,” said: “Tell your client that the deputies have certain constraints about the rules of engagement, but I do not. If he does anything that I see as a threat to me or anybody in this courtroom, then I’m going to fire first and ask questions later.” Hauversburk later conceded to the local newspaper that he overreacted. “I got frustrated when I shouldn’t have,” he said. “He made the wrong decision,” said William Wright, chief judge for Florida’s 14th Circuit Court. “All new judges have a learning curve they have to go through, and it takes a while to get adapted to the system.” Judges are permitted by Florida law to carry concealed weapons.- Associated Press Blame the victim Forget the small-town belief in letting bygones be bygones. The star of The Andy Griffith Show, who portrayed the sheriff of the fictional town of Mayberry, has sued a man who unsuccessfully ran for sheriff of Grant County, Wis., after legally changing his name to Andrew Jackson Griffith. The federal lawsuit alleges that the former William Harold Fenrick, 42, violated trademark and copyright laws, as well as the privacy of actor Andy Samuel Griffith. The lawsuit alleged that the music store owner changed his name for the “sole purpose of taking advantage of Griffith’s notoriety in an attempt to gain votes.” It asks the court to order him to go back to his original name. “Now that the election is over, if Fenrick is willing in some fashion to clear the record, we probably could find a way to resolve it,” said the actor’s lawyer, Jim Cole. Griffith argued that he did not benefit from the name change. He never profited financially and was handily defeated in the election. He described the lawsuit as “incredibly absurd,” and said he doubts people actually believe he is the actor. “For such an American icon, it’s a pretty un-American thing to do to me,” said Griffith.- Associated Press Golden oldies The organ strains of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” sounded through Britain’s High Court as the band’s former organ player, Matthew Fisher, sued an ex-bandmate for a share of copyright in the multimillion-selling song. Fisher’s lawyer, Iain Purvis, said that Fisher had composed the organ melody, and particularly the eight-bar Hammond organ solo, that gives the song its distinctive baroque flavor. Fisher is suing singer Gary Brooker and publisher Onward Music Ltd. for a co-author credit and a share of the song’s copyright and royalties. A Web site compiled by a fan lists 771 recorded cover versions, “most of them, sad to say, disastrous,” Purvis said. Judges are not always familiar with popular music, and Purvis noted that “one always risks in these cases a ‘what-are-The-Beatles’ moment”-a reference to a famous but possibly apocryphal story of a judge who purportedly asked that question during a case in the 1960s. “But I’ll hazard that your lordship is familiar” with “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” Purvis said. “I am of an age, yes,” said the 62-year-old judge. - Associated Press

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