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A few missing letters in a legal document did not rescue a New York man from a contempt citation. “The purpose of this hearing is to punish y,” the contempt application warned, “the accused, for contempt of court an.” It appeared to add: “such punishment may consist of a fine o imprisonment or both, according to law.” The badly photocopied document’s target was “J.F.,” accused by his ex-wife of breaking a visitation agreement regarding their 13-year-old son. He tried to argue that the notice was void because it lacked the statutorily mandated warning language. Rockland County, N.Y., Family Court Judge William P. Warren didn’t buy it. “[N]o reasonable person could possibly mistake the notice given in this case as anything other than a clear warning that the purpose was contempt and punishment could consist of a fine or imprisonment or both,” he said. Warren sentenced J.F. to 10 days’ community service. � NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL Job-seeker blues The job market seems to have turned to the disadvantage of some refugees from the U.S. Department of Justice. J. Timothy Griffin, a political operative who became a key figure in the U.S. attorney-firing scandal, has been shopping his r�sum� around Washington law firms. Sources said he has been touting his political connections as leverage into a white-collar or government-relations practice. But he’s peddling his wares at a time when the value of Bush administration ties have never been lower. “His timing is just bad,” a Washington recruiter said of Griffin, who served as an interim U.S. attorney in Arkansas. “He’s a politico, not a litigator, which people just don’t care about. If you’re a U.S. attorney with no experience, someone is not going to bring you on board to create or enhance a practice.” “We got a phone call from a recruiter on his behalf but wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole,” said the chairman of a national law firm. “Colleagues who I trust and respect said to take a pass.” Meanwhile, a recently released e-mail shows that the White House was polite, if not helpful, when one of the fired U.S. attorneys, John McKay of Seattle, sought an appointment to the federal bench. The March 5 e-mail from Monica Goodling, relaying information from the White House, said that then-White House counsel Harriet Miers gave McKay a “courtesy” interview in Washington after MacKay, before his firing, expressed interest in a district court appointment. However, “he was never in the process to begin with (but he thought he was).” � LEGAL TIMES Shell shock Three German teenagers were spared having to pay hefty damages after a court said an ostrich farmer failed to prove the teenagers’ noisy firecrackers made one of his birds impotent. The court in the eastern town of Bautzen ordered the three teenagers, aged 17 to 18, to pay only $188 in veterinarian costs for the ostrich, Gustav. Farmer Rico Gabel had claimed $6,730 in damages for the alleged antics in December 2005. He claimed that fireworks set off by the boys made the previously lustful Gustav apathetic and depressed, and thus unable to perform for half a year with his two breeding partners. The farmer estimated that before Gustav regained his sex drive, he lost out on 14 ostrich offspring, worth $470 each. The state court brought in an ostrich expert to examine the claim. The expert, Christoph Kistner, found no connection between the noise and the lack of offspring. He said that while the noise could cause stress, it was not proven that it would affect the production of sperm in ostriches. � ASSOCIATED PRESS

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