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A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel did not make clear whether it was willing to resurrect former prosecutor George Lee’s defamation suit against San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan and Deputy DA Libby Liu. Senior Judge David Thompson was none too pleased with the salacious behavior of Lee and Liu after a night of drinking at the Inn Justice bar, across the street from the Hall of Justice. In a move rarely — if ever — seen at oral argument, Thompson asked to make a statement. “It seems to me that this is a very sad case,” Thompson said. “How sad it is that all of this flows from the Inn Justice bar and for the two very serious consequences [that] resulted.” The incident ended Lee’s government career and held out Hallinan’s administration for public ridicule. At the time, Liu was two weeks away from marrying Keker & Van Nest associate Leo Lam. Though the two did marry, the union dissolved shortly afterward in divorce.

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