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INITIAL CONSULTATION FREE? Providing legal services for one’s fellow prison inmates may be all well and good; just don’t plan on getting paid for it without some repercussions. George Riley, an inmate at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel, N.J., the prison for sex offenders, is learning that lesson. The Appellate Division last Monday upheld a decision by a prison hearing officer to slap Riley with 15 days of detention for getting paid $400 for legal services provided to fellow inmate Vincent Higgins. Riley, the court said, tried to hide the transaction by having Higgins pay an invoice sent to him by Riley’s sister, who works at a heating oil company. Prison officials discovered the payment in correspondence between the inmates. Higgins couldn’t explain why he was paying heating oil bills, and later admitted he was paying Riley for legal services. The hearing officer and the appeals court agreed that Riley was engaged in “commencing or operating a business for profit,” in violation of a Department of Corrections regulation. Riley, who represented himself on appeal, claimed the money was to cover filing fees. Superior Court Judges Robert Fall and Richard Newman didn’t need to decide one way or the other. “We cannot substitute our judgment for that of the agency where its findings are supported by substantial evidence,” they wrote. — From the New Jersey Law Journal RACISM COSTS BIG Highland Park, Ill., will end up paying $217,745 to former U.S. Attorney Thomas Sullivan, who investigated allegations of racial profiling by police officers in the suburb. Documents released recently show that Sullivan billed the city $200,000 — as previously agreed upon — for 4,700 hours of work on a report that concluded the police administration did not condone profiling, but may not have done enough to stop it. Sullivan billed the city an additional $17,745.45 for expenses, including telephone calls, copying fees, and messenger services. The city previously paid more than $30,000 to a Chicago public relations firm that helped write press releases for the city about the allegations that some officers targeted blacks and Hispanics for traffic stops. The work by Sullivan and his staff cost the city about $43 an hour. Top partners at Sullivan’s Chicago-based law firm, Jenner & Block, can typically command as much as $250 an hour. — From American Lawyer Media NO-SHOW JURORS HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT A dozen Philadelphians who failed to show up for jury duty finally had their day in court recently. In an attempt to crack down on no-show jurors, the Court of Common Pleas held its first-ever “juror scofflaw court.” Court officials said more than half of all city residents who are summoned for jury duty do not show up to do their civic duty. President Judge Alex Bonavitacola said Philadelphia may be the first city to haul in people who fail to return their jury summonses. The maximum penalties for ignoring a jury summons are a $500 fine or 10 days in jail. “This is something we decided we needed to do. There is no model for it, and we’re pioneering it,” Bonavitacola said. Twelve people deemed the most serious offenders were in Philadelphia City Hall. A man who said he did not receive a letter containing his jury summons was fined $75. A woman who failed to appear for duty but returned the questionnaire portion of her summons with a hate message full of ethnic slurs was fined $200 and prohibited from ever serving on a jury again. No one at the session received jail time. Of 16 people scheduled to appear in scofflaw court, four did not show up. Bench warrants were issued for their arrests. — From The Legal Intelligencer

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