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JUST DON’T CALL IT KILL-FM: On Dec. 21, the Federal Communications Commission provisionally approved some 260 low-power radio stations, only one of which is visibly dedicated to discussing legal issues. If the Lawyers Second Amendment Society makes it through a 30-day public comment period unscathed, then by late January the 1,000-member organization, one-third of whom are J.D.s, will be licensed to broadcast from Porterville, Calif., at 98.7 FM. “We’re going to concentrate on educational materials regarding the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the formative documents,” says vice president Steve Silver, a general practitioner who is representing a gun manufacturer in some cases filed by California cities. Silver and other members started their broadcast careers on the mike on Glendale, Calif.’s KIEV at 870 AM, which airs — despite the call letters — conservative talk shows. Silver says that his practice is too busy for him to handle more than an hour or two of shows a week, and with a mandated 24 hours a day to fill, he and his friends are scrambling to arrange a line-up. “What we’re hoping to have is either attorneys or law professors who can deliver interesting discussion about constitutional issues.” PSST. THINK YOU SCREWED UP? Now anxious J.D.’s can surf the Web for some quiet guidance. Bill Freivogel, who used to sell malpractice insurance to attorneys, has uploaded summaries of ethics-related decisions in 34 different categories (No. 18: the “hot potato” doctrine). To the naked eye, especially one attached to a tortured soul in hysterical need, this might appear complete. Freivogel, however, insists that his freivogelonconflicts.com Web site ought not be viewed as true counsel. “The author is far from perfect,” he writes. “Therefore, anyone with a live conflicts issue should use this site only as a starting point and should assume that applicable cases and opinions not cited here do exist.” No guilty conscience here. ATTACK OF THE WILLIE HORTONS: Reader’s Digest is at it again. For the fourth time in five years, the largest-circulation U.S. magazine has named “America’s worst judges.” The January issue adds four robes to its hall of shame, each of whom the mag tars as having a tendency toward leniency. A bunch of colleagues immediately penned op-eds to defend the bum judges — Boston’s Isaac Borenstein; Mary Gooden Terrell of Washington, D.C., Superior Court; Peyton Hyslop of Brooksville, Fla.; and Ellis Willard of Rolling Fork, Miss. Writer Daniel Levine countered that, defenders or no, the cases cited in the article, in which judges loosed recidivist thugs on the world, “stand on their own. And there are more.” This view didn’t impress Judge Hyslop. “I think it’s odd that what is essentially an editorial is not designated as such,” the judge told the St. Petersburg Times. “I believe I’m following the law, and I’ve been upheld by the Florida Supreme Court in a 7-0 opinion. Whatever that’s worth these days.” I DIED AND WENT TO HECK: That’s one of the bitter (and cheap) lawyers’ barbs that the Plain-Dealer of Cleveland didn’t cite in its recent critique of Medina County, Ohio, judge Jill Heck, whom the paper concluded is guilty of “molasses-slow decision-making.” On Dec. 28, Reminger & Reminger attorney Erica Eversman asked the state Supreme Court to intercede in a million-dollar probate case before Judge Heck, noting that she had yet to rule on a request for a protective order filed in June.

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