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Apparently President Bush is now so unpopular that some lawyers believe that the mere mention of his name in front of a jury could tip the scales against them. Attorneys for Upper Darby Township, Pa., argued that any mention of the president would prejudice their defense of a civil rights claim by a doctor arrested for displaying an antiwar sign during a Bush campaign event in September 2003. Their motion argued that Bush has “the worst approval rating of an American president in a generation,” and that 62% of Americans believe that Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq show that he is “stubborn and unwilling to admit his mistakes.” Bush’s identity, they argued, “in and of itself, presents the danger that the jury will favor plaintiff.” They suggested that it would be good enough to tell the jury that the plaintiff, Harold Lischner, had protested an unnamed “presidential candidate.” U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter was unpersuaded. He ruled that the message on Lischner’s sign and Bush’s identity, as well as the circumstances surrounding his visit � including the war in Iraq and Bush’s bid for re-election � are “relevant to the determination of probable cause and to the adequacy of Upper Darby’s training and policies.” � Associated Press No, really, there ought to be a law Three men who dug up a young woman’s corpse to have sex with it after seeing her obituary photo cannot be charged with attempted sexual assault because Wisconsin has no law against necrophilia. A judge was correct to dismiss the charges against twin brothers Nicholas and Alexander Grunke and Dustin Radke, all 21, because lawmakers never intended to criminalize sex with a corpse, a state appellate court ruled. The men used shovels to reach her grave but were arrested after a vehicle drove into the cemetery and reported suspicious behavior. At issue was a provision in the sexual assault law saying that criminal penalties apply “whether a victim is dead or alive at the time of the sexual contact or sexual intercourse.” The appeals court said the law was ambiguous, but that the most reasonable interpretation was that it was meant to make sure prosecutors could bring sexual assault charges in rape-murder cases in which the victim ends up dead. Outrage over the case has led to a proposal in the Wisconsin Legislature to explicitly ban necrophilia. Having sex with a corpse would become a felony with punishment of up to 6 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, � The Legal Intelligencer Award is no hoax Author Laura Albert must pay nearly $350,000 in legal fees � triple the amount a jury said she owes a production company for duping it with a novel based on the life of a fictitious boy prostitute named JT LeRoy. U.S. District Judge Jed S. Kaplan in New York said that it was reasonable for Albert and her company, Underdogs Inc., to pay legal fees that are triple the $116,500 that a jury in June found she owes Antidote International Films Inc. Albert had testified at her trial that she was LeRoy, who was promoted as the male author of “Sarah,” the tale of a truck stop prostitute that was marketed as being based on his life. The jury ordered $110,000 paid to Antidote and $6,500 in punitive damages. Albert had testified that she objected to people calling LeRoy a hoax, saying that she did telephone interviews with reporters under that name because she believed he was inside her. According to trial testimony, Albert’s friends donned wigs and posed as LeRoy at book signings and duped journalists with the phony back story about truck stop sex. � Associated Press

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