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Johnnie Cochran may be a big-shot Los Angeles lawyer, complete with his own television show and clients like O.J. Simpson. But in the eyes of a Lubbock U.S. district judge, he’s just another lawyer whose motions will be thrown out if they do not conform with local rules.

A plaintiffs’ team headed by Cochran had two motions removed from the case file this week in a suit in which he represents a Virginia college basketball coach and two other African Americans. The plaintiffs are suing Lubbock and its police department for racial bias for erroneously detaining them in connection with a fraud investigation.

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