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Blue light special Jessie Vigil isn’t a police officer, but the car he drives sure makes him look like one. The Las Vegas man painted his 2007 Ford Mustang black and white, added a red-and-blue emergency bar across the top and painted the word “police” on the doors. The decorating project started last summer, in an effort to make the car look like the police cruiser in the Transformers movie because Vigil’s 7-year-old son, Thomas, was a fan. “My intent was to re-create the movie car,” said Vigil, a 35-year-old disabled veteran from the war in Iraq. “When I came back from Iraq, I tried to spoil him. I wasn’t the best dad before.” Vigil checked with the district attorney’s office, which attempted to discourage his project but acknowledged that what he has done isn’t illegal as long as he doesn’t act like a police officer. A state law prevents people from mimicking state police cars, which are painted black and white. But authorities noted that the state police sell their old cars to private citizens without changing the colors. Vigil did take some liberties with his design. Instead of the familiar slogan “To protect and serve,” the car carries the words “To punish and enslave” on the side. And instead of telling people to dial 911 for emergencies, the Mustang advises them to “dial 411 for theater information.” � Associated Press Attorneys general get no respect Any other time, it would be a big deal that the attorney general of the United States is arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court. But Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s debut in a morning coat on March 25 has been overshadowed by the historic Second Amendment case of D.C. v. Heller, held on March 18. Still, Mukasey’s half-hour appearance in the so-called “millennium bomber” case of U.S. v. Ahmed Ressam is notable. Predecessors Alberto Gonzales and John Ashcroft passed up the chance to argue at the high court, a courtesy offered to attorneys general by tradition. And their predecessors, Janet Reno and William Barr, argued for only 10 minutes as amicus curiae. Barr borrowed a morning coat from a lawyer in the solicitor general’s office, and Reno did not wear one; they’re not required for women arguing for the government. No word on where Mukasey will get his jacket, but he’ll need some kind of armor. Justices are not overly impressed by attorneys general and don’t cut them much slack. Dick Thornburgh was roughed up in a 1989 case, but did better in another argument in 1991. Still, attorneys general are given likely winners to argue, and Ressam, an appeal from the oft-overturned 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, may be no different. Nicholas Katzenbach argued pro se, so to speak, and won the landmark 1966 voting rights case South Carolina v. Katzenbach. Griffin Bell used a prop � a dead snail darter in a vial � and won in the Endangered Species Act case TVA v. Hill in 1978. No props likely for Mukasey; his case turns on explosives found in Ressam’s car that added 10 years to his sentence. � Legal Times Kicky, not kinky A businessman claims in a lawsuit that he was injured when a stripper giving him a lap dance swiveled and smacked him in the face with the heel of her shoe. Stephen Chang, a securities trader, said in papers filed in a New York City trial court that he was at the Hot Lap Dance Club in Manhattan and was getting a paid lap dance when the accident occurred early on Nov. 2, 2007. According to the suit, as the dancer swung around, the heel of her shoe hit him in the eye, causing “serious injuries.” A man who identified himself as the manager of the club said he was unaware of the accident or the lawsuit. On its Web site, the club describes itself as the “Playboy Mansion of Manhattan party lofts.” � Associated Press

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