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Falling: Attorney Finds Reality Bites on “Big Brother” Turns out that people don’t like being locked in a house with a lawyer any more than they like being trapped on a deserted island with one. Housemates nominated New York attorney Curtis to be banished from CBS’s “Big Brother” this week, and now his fate is up to the harshest judge: the American viewing public. Like non-Survivor attorney Stacey Stillman, Curtis may make an early exit from the show. But will he move out of the house and into an endorsement deal? Hope he has Stacey’s number handy, for a little counsel on how to turn losing a popularity contest into a winning proposition. Rising: Judicial Jingles We appreciate levity, as well as eloquence, in the often dry proceedings of courtrooms, and we want to commend a few judges for opinions that add poetry to our lives. First prize goes to Judge Victor Marerro of New York City, who ruled that the city’s refusal to allow an animal rights group to submit an artwork for the city-wide “CowParade” exhibit did not violate the First Amendment. Evoking thoughts of Gertrude Stein, Judge Marrero wrote: “This case presents a unique question: whether a cow is a forum or a forum a cow, and then when and where such a cow-forum may be found.” Second prize goes to Philadelphia Judge J. Michael Eakin, who sounds a bit like Dr. Seuss in his opinion in a pet injury case, submitted entirely in verse. Funny how animals seem to bring out judge’s higher linguistic creativity. Rising: CD Sales A friend of mine has a theory that if the record companies had made music available on the Web for a small fee, then they wouldn’t have been so bent out of shape when Napster came along. But, really, free is free. And if not Napster, then Gnutella or Freenet or Scour Exchange. It’ll be interesting to see how the Napster ordeal pans out; it may determine the lifespan of these other systems. It’s gonna be hard to cough up $15 for a CD again.

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