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You can’t go there A former student at Regent University School of Law wants the American Bar Association (ABA) to consider pulling the law school’s accreditation. On behalf of his client, Adam Key of Spring, Texas, Houston attorney Randall Kallinen sent a complaint letter to the ABA. The letter alleges that last year the law school suspended Key after he posted an unflattering picture of Pat Robertson on his online Facebook page and criticized, on an online university forum, Robertson’s public comments that advocated the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Key was a second-year student at Regent Law. Christian broadcaster Robertson founded Regent University, and one of the law school’s notable graduates is Monica Goodling, the former U.S. Department of Justice White House liaison who played a role in last year’s U.S. attorney firing scandal. While the Virginia Beach, Va., Christian law school is private, it maintains ABA accreditation. To maintain accreditation, it must not be in violation of ABA Standard 211(c), which prevents it from discriminating against its students on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. “When Mr. Key refused to conform to Regent’s religious and political views, he was suspended and ultimately removed from law school,” Kallinen wrote in the letter. Key also has filed a civil rights complaint against the law school in U.S. district court in Houston, claiming that the school violated his right to free speech and freedom of religion. A Regent spokeswoman said Key’s complaint is without merit. � Texas Lawyer Mowing under the influence A New Zealand man has been charged with driving a lawn mower while drunk. Richard Gunn, 52, was driving the lawn mower down a street in the northern New Zealand town of Dargaville one recent evening when police stopped him, police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett said. Gunn’s breath alcohol level was at more than twice the legal limit for drivers, police said, and he previously had lost his driver’s license. Gunn said he has been using the lawn mower to get around town since losing his license. “I thought I was safe,” he told a local news reporter. Even bicycles went faster than the lawn mower’s 5 mph, he said. “I’ve watched them go past me.” Gunn was scheduled to appear in court on charges of careless driving, driving while disqualified and driving with excess breath alcohol. He faces a potential prison term if convicted. Police impounded the lawn mower for 28 days. � Associated Press Packing tape? Upset that his 7-year-old son wouldn’t wear a Green Bay Packers jersey during the team’s playoff victory on Jan. 12, a man restrained the boy for an hour with tape and taped the jersey onto him. Mathew Kowald was cited for disorderly conduct in connection with the incident with his son at their home in Pardeeville, Wis., a sheriff’s deputy said. The 36-year-old Kowald was arrested after his wife told authorities about the incident. He pleaded no contest, paid a fine of $186 and was released. Kowald’s wife filed a restraining order, so Kowald will not be able to have contact with his family. Kowald, contacted by the Portage Daily Register, said the incident started as a joke. When he tied the boy up, the youngster was laughing while his wife took pictures, he said. “Then he couldn’t get out and he got upset and that’s it. It lasted a minute,” he said. “I didn’t mean no harm, and he knows that, but I haven’t been able to tell him that.” � Associated Press

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