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Beyond parody A Georgia man has won a two-year legal battle with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which demanded he stop making and selling T-shirts, beer steins and other items that sport slogans such as “Wal-ocaust” and “Wal-Qaeda.” U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. rejected Wal-Mart’s claims that Charles Smith, a 50-year-old computer store owner who thinks the retailing giant is “taking over the world,” violated the company’s trademark. “The fact that the real Wal-Mart name and marks are strong and recognizable makes it unlikely that a parody � particularly one that calls to mind the genocide of millions of people, another that evokes the name of a notorious terrorist organization . . . will be confused with Wal-Mart’s real products,” Batten wrote. The judge said that Smith’s products qualified as protected noncommercial speech because his goal was to criticize Wal-Mart, not to make a profit from his products. The judge noted that Smith had sold only 62 T-shirts, including 15 to one of Wal-Mart’s outside law firms. Smith said he came up with the Wal-ocaust slogan while reading a book about the history of the Nazi party. “I read that some of the first groups that were persecuted by the Nazis were unions and liberals,” he said. “I thought, ‘Wow. Taking over the world, persecuting unions and liberals. Sounds like Wal-Mart.’ “ � Fulton County Daily Report In (maybe not so) good company When I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr., former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was disbarred by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for his felony convictions in Plamegate, he may have been consoled by the company he now keeps, at least in the abstract. Lawyers-turned-disgraced politicos have a rich history. District of Columbia Bar Counsel Wallace “Gene” Shipp Jr. noted that Richard Nixon was disbarred from New York in 1976. He resigned from the State Bar of California and the U.S. Supreme Court bar. Watergate claimed the law licenses of at least three other Nixon administration officials, including John Mitchell, the only attorney general to be imprisoned. President Bill Clinton was disbarred by the Supreme Court in 2001 (the court didn’t explain why, but one can guess), and the Arkansas Bar Association suspended his license for five years and fined him $25,000. Clinton’s former national security adviser, Samuel Richard “Sandy” Berger, consented to disbarment in the District of Columbia last June, after pleading guilty to sneaking documents out of the National Archives. Elliott Abrams, a State Department official in the Reagan administration, pleaded guilty in 1991 to two misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress about the Unites States’ support of Nicaraguan Contras via Iran. He drew a public censure in 1997, but he kept his license. His list exhausted, Shipp said, “You just want to grab them by the lapels and shake them and say, ‘Would your mother be proud?’ “ � Legal Times Bunny with pluck A Kansas man dressed in a bunny outfit was jumped by pranksters who took off with the head of the costume. Forty-seven-year-old Dan Warner has been dressing as a bunny for his job at a Wichita, Kan., Godfather’s Pizza and other businesses for more than 15 years. Police said a teenager jumped out of a truck, tackled Warner and stole the head of his costume. Warner memorized the truck’s tag number, helping police track down the head. Police found the bunny head and have three teenage suspects. Meanwhile, Warner was back working in his bunny outfit, but without the head � he wore a pink baseball cap with fuzzy rabbit ears attached instead. � Associated Press

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