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Irreconcilable differences may threaten a fundraising attempt by Houston-area courts. Last month, the Harris County Commissioners Court approved a plan to tack a $15 charge onto divorce cases. But County Attorney Michael Stafford frets that such a fee may violate the “open courts provision” of the Texas Constitution. As both sides wait for the state AG to weigh in, Stafford says he’d rather the county never collect the money than be forced to refund it, as it did an earlier bailiff fee … A man claiming unauthorized use of his sperm took the stand Wednesday to testify against the fertility clinic that impregnated his estranged wife. Former firefighter Richard Gladu, who has since divorced, testified in a Cambridge, Mass., court that though he intended his then-wife to conceive in 1994, he did not approve the later implantation of a leftover embryo. Gladu, represented by Lisa Arrowood of Todd & Weld, is suing the clinic and one of its physicians for $3 million … A former death row inmate may be entering the race for the Illinois House of Representatives. Earlier this week, election officials disqualified over half of the signatures collected by Aaron Patterson, but that still left him with more than the 300 names required to make the Democratic primary ballot. Today, an election board examiner will take another hard squint at the names. Patterson had been convicted of a 1986 double murder but was pardoned by Gov. George Ryan last year … A crackdown on insurance fraud in Southern California has netted attorney Fariba Rahimi. The Encino practitioner was arrested this week for allegedly encouraging clients to lie about their injuries under oath. Rahimi, along with a physician and four others, was charged with grand theft and conspiracy. Los Angeles County Deputy DA Michael Grosbard said the arrests topped off a three-year sting. – Lori Patel

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