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Magic isn’t cheap Helen McGonigle is a Brookfield, Conn., lawyer whose day job is representing people who have been sexually abused. In her side business, called Magic Circle, she tries to protect people from something else. Her home-based business sells clothing that is supposed to protect people from EMF, or electromagnetic fields, which emanate from power lines and electric appliances and are carried in radio and TV signals. While some researchers have linked EMF to cancer and mental health problems, not everyone accepts the health risks as fact. But neither do scientists dismiss the idea. The protective clothing is not cheap. One shirt, made of silver, wool and polyester, costs $120. Leggings go for $150. On the high end, a bigger protective shield made of special fabric can sell for $5,000 or more. Customers are “either worried about the harmful bio-physiological effects of EMF or believe they are being targeted,” she said. “It is also possible they are living in an area with lots of ambient EMF, for example near an airport or cell tower.” So do any of her customers or clients find her side business somewhat unusual? McGonigle said no. “The people who come to me see the need [for EMF protection], so I have had no negative responses.” Rather, referring to the clothing, people ask: “Where do I get it?” � Connecticut Law Tribune He’s gone, but his legacy lingers John Yoo, author of the now-infamous 2002 torture memo allowing U.S. interrogators to use any measures short of causing organ failure or death, is unrepentant. Although his memorandum � written when he worked at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel � was overruled two years later, Yoo said that its legacy lives on because subsequent memos have not substantially changed interrogation tactics. “Even though you have seen criticism by other members of the department who came later, they didn’t change any of the policies, as far as I could tell,” said Yoo, now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Jack Goldsmith, a former friend of Yoo’s who served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel from 2003 to 2004 and who now teaches at Harvard Law School, withdrew Yoo’s memo in 2004 after finding that it was deeply flawed. “They may have disagreed with the . . . legal reasoning, but if they really disagreed with it, they should have stopped their . . . policies. And I don’t think they did,” said Yoo. “I think if you read the memo and the following memo that came out closely, they are not that different. And I think a lot of it was for appearance’s sake rather than for the substantive legal differences.” � Legal Times Labels, labels . . . Two unsuccessful city council candidates in Riverdale, Ga., said that a fellow candidate committed fraud when she ran as a woman. Georgia Fuller and Stanley Harris � who lost bids for council seats � filed petitions in Clayton County Superior Court asking the judge to stop the runoff election. The suit alleges that incumbent Michelle Bruce � who identifies herself as transgendered and goes by Michelle Mickey Bruce � misled voters by identifying herself as a female during the Nov. 6 election. The suit, which identifies her as “Michael Bruce,” asks a judge to rule the election results invalid. Bruce’s voter registration, notice of candidacy and driver’s license identify her as Michelle Bruce, a white female. She said she was born transgendered but declined to say if she had surgery to change her gender. “That’s private,” she said. “The people don’t care about it.” � Associated Press

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