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Cross-examination of the star witness got a little testy during a judicial bribery trial in Brooklyn, N.Y. Michael S. Washor, defense attorney for ex-Kings County Supreme Court Justice Gerald P. Garson, tried to fluster disbarred lawyer Paul Siminovsky, who’d worn a wire for the district attorney’s office and has testified to taking Garson out for dinners and drinks in exchange for advice on cases and court assignments. “You lied to this man, your mentor?” Washor asked him. At one point, Washor earned a mild admonition from Justice Jeffrey G. Berry. It came while Washor was questioning Siminovsky about his plea to a misdemeanor; when Washor asked what date he had pleaded guilty, Siminovsky asked, “In court?” “No, in the toilet,” Washor replied. Washor also could be heard speaking softly to his co-counsel, “Let me handle it. This [expletive], I’m going to get him.” After dismissing the jury, Berry asked Washor to “tone it down.” Washor apologized to the jury, but proceeded to ask Siminovsky whether he knew the difference between a court and a toilet. Siminovsky remained composed throughout.- NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL Bride wore black Married Connecticut superior court judges Dale W. Radcliffe and Carmen L. Lopez have heard all the jokes. “Hey, who wears the robes in your family?” “If you lose an argument, do you appeal to the Supreme Court?” As they celebrate their sixth anniversary, they may have the last laugh at people who said a relationship of two such diverse people couldn’t last. While in the state Legislature, Radcliffe earned a reputation as its most conservative member. As a civil judge in Bridgeport Superior Court, he sits ramrod straight on the bench, showing little humor and ruling strictly according to law. Lopez is a lifelong Democrat. While on the juvenile bench in Bridgeport, she continually butted heads with the judicial powers over what she saw as deficiencies. Now she sits on the civil side in New Haven. They met after she’d been nominated to the bench and had to appear before his legislative committee. “I thought he was so sweet,” she said. Along the way, the couple made a discovery that convinced them they were on the right course. In their dining room, they noticed that a broken wall mirror had been painted over. They pried the mirror off and found it was covering a space stuffed with $100 bills. “I took that as a sign we were meant to be here,” Lopez said.- CONNECTICUT LAW TRIBUNE Brown bagging it A man and woman standing trial on charges of scamming stores out of millions of dollars were banned from the courthouse cafeteria after a police officer spotted her lifting a free meal. “If they do that in here, then what are they doing out there on bond?” wondered Richmond Heights, Ohio, police Sergeant Chuck Duffy. Duffy said he was taking a break when he spotted Joan Hall, 65, and Roger Neff, 75. “I got to watch the machine in action,” he said. According to Duffy, Hall loaded a takeout lunch into a plastic bag and set it atop a newspaper rack near the checkout counter. Neff moved the lunch to the top of a trash can, where the two waited a few minutes and then left, with their lunch in tow. The officer notified the cafeteria manager, sheriff’s deputies and the prosecutor. Judge Nancy Fuerst mentioned the “irregularities” to the pair and banned them from the cafeteria during the trial. “You bring your lunch,” she said.- ASSOCIATED PRESS

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