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Attorney Rick Petri can really empathize with his client. Police arrested the Wisconsin lawyer for drunken driving after he went to the station to pick up a client who had been arrested for the same offense. “I can’t tell you how humbled I am, how embarrassed I am,” said Petri, who once prosecuted drunken drivers for the Madison, Wis., city attorney’s office. The client was arrested in the early morning hours for drunken driving, police said. His blood alcohol concentration was 0.08%. Petri, 64, said he had been out the same evening, had a couple of drinks and went home at about 8 p.m. to watch a University of Wisconsin basketball game. He said he had a couple more drinks, then went to bed. Police called at around about 2 a.m. asking him to pick up his client. Petri said the officer asked whether he had been drinking, and had insisted that Petri could only come if he had no alcohol in his system. Petri felt certain that his blood-alcohol concentration had fallen below 0.08%, the legal limit for drunken driving in Wisconsin. It had not-he tested at 0.09%. “I did not think I was intoxicated, and I was wrong,” he said.- ASSOCIATED PRESS His own advice The Pentagon has thrown a blanket over Charles “Cully” Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense who became infamous for going on a radio talk show to suggest a boycott of the law firms providing pro bono representation to detainees at Guant�namo Bay, Cuba. A U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said recently that Stimson was “not available” for an interview- which, of course, brings to mind images of Stimson being a brand-new resident of the prison in Cuba he helps oversee. Friends and former colleagues insist that the comments were out of character for the former Navy judge advocate general and ex-prosecutor. “Quite frankly, he knows better,” said Roscoe Howard Jr., the former U.S. attorney in Washington who once employed Stimson. This wasn’t Stimson’s first brush with controversy. As a prosecutor in 2004 he urged a judge to accept a plea bargain and release a quadriplegic man who had been arrested for marijuana possession. The judge insisted on imposing a 10-day jail sentence. The prisoner died after five days in custody because of breathing problems related to his health condition. Stimson perhaps foresaw his own undoing when he recently told a college alumni magazine that in his job, “I have to choose my words carefully because I am a public figure on a very, very controversial topic.” And there’s this from Boniface Cobbina, a defender who worked with Stimson on the marijuana case: “Sometimes, you have to be careful what job you ask for.”- LEGAL TIMES He defies augury On a train trip from New York to Washington last November, Samuel A. Alito Jr. heard two women sitting in front of him discussing his nomination for justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Having no idea that he was within earshot, the two mused that a basketball-sized chunk of the Supreme Court building that had tumbled to the ground the day before was a sign from God that Alito should not join the court. In a speech recently before a luncheon sponsored by the Palm Beach County, Fla., Bar Association, Alito conceded that he had wondered the same thing. He was in the midst of his contentious U.S. Senate confirmation hearing at the time. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” declared Alito, who of course ultimately was approved by the Senate.- DAILY BUSINESS REVIEW

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