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Despoiler of youth Abercrombie & Fitch Co. believes that Virginia Beach, Va., authorities overreacted when they confiscated two display photos of scantily clad men and a woman from a clothing store and cited the manager on a misdemeanor obscenity charge. “The marketing images in question show less skin than you see any summer day at the beach. And certainly less than the plumber working on your kitchen sink,” the company said in a formal statement. One photograph showed three shirtless young men, with one man’s upper buttocks showing. The other image was of a woman whose breast was mostly exposed. Deputy City Attorney Mark Stiles said the charge would be dropped even though the photos might technically violate a city code that makes it a crime to display “obscene materials in a business that is open to juveniles.” But he said it would be difficult to meet the other standards of the law: that the display had to appeal to prurient interests, lack redeeming artistic merit and be offensive to prevailing community standards. “You might see that typical vision walking down a street,” Stiles said of the photo with the men. Police issued the summons after Abercrombie management did not heed warnings to remove the images after some customers complained. If convicted, the manager would face a fine of up to $2,000 and as much as a year in jail. Abercrombie & Fitch has earned a reputation for its risque catalogs and promotional photography featuring scantily clothed models. � Associated Press Judge let the F-bombs fly A New Jersey trial judge is in ethics trouble for cussing a lawyer from the bench. A complaint before the state Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct said Essex County Superior Court Judge F. Michael Giles erupted at Sebastian Bio, who was in court in April 2007 to address a bench warrant against a client. After ascertaining that he was not on the record, Giles unleashed on Bio: “I said get the [expletive] out of my courtroom, what the [expletive] don’t you understand, shut the [expletive] up and get the [expletive] out of here, I have a meeting this afternoon.” Bio of Bio & Laracca in Orange, N.J., who filed the official complaint, said that criminal defense attorneys “have a difficult enough job.” And, yes, the expletive in question was the F-word, he said. Giles was accused of violating judicial canons that require judges to maintain order and decorum and be patient, dignified and courteous. Giles, who has been a judge since 1991, declined to comment through his law clerk. His lawyer, Newark, N.J., solo Thomas Ashley, calls the incident an aberration “borne out of some frustration with the lawyer.” � New Jersey Law Journal Lawn order Dozens of people reported to an Orem, Utah, courthouse to fill out a jury questionnaire in the trial of a 70-year-old woman charged with having a lousy lawn. Just four jurors will hear the case against Betty Perry. But because of widespread media coverage of her case, the pool has been expanded. Perry is charged with resisting arrest and failing to maintain her landscaping, both misdemeanors. She was arrested on July 6 after failing to give her name to a police officer who visited her home to discuss her brown lawn. During a struggle, Perry fell and injured her nose. She spent more than an hour in a holding cell before police released her. Besides questions about news coverage of the incident, people were asked, “Have you ever received complaints from neighbors or anyone else that your yard did not look appropriate?” � Associated Press

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