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A federal appeals court may have broken the law when it refused an inmate’s request for a stay of execution this week. According to Judge Eric Clay, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals illegally rejected the request by convicted killer Lewis Williams. In a dissenting opinion, Clay wrote that two senior judges who were ineligible to vote did so anyway. Had the judges abstained, Williams would have been spared … Do it once, charge it twice — or more. Attorney Robert Mezzetti Sr. has officials in San Jose, Calif., gnashing their teeth over a bill that allegedly charged multiple clients for each hour of his firm’s time. The city got stuck with the tab after it lost out on an attempt to take over a shopping center. As a result of the multiple billings, Mezzetti’s fees for repping 14 tenants run to $841,000 — well more than has been charged by the lead attorney in the case … White Dwarf and Muscle Elegance have lost a customer in the Oregon penal system. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that inmate Afshin Bahrampour has no federal constitutional right to the publications, which corrections officials withheld for sexual and role-playing content. However, the court declined to rule on whether Bahrampour could claim the materials under Oregon’s constitution, which has greater protections for free speech … Law. Legos. Law. Legos. Winston & Strawn’s Nathan Sawaya may face a big decision this month. On Jan. 23, the New York associate will take a break from mergers and acquisitions to compete in the final round of a master builder contest at Legoland. Grand prize: a full-time gig building for the San Diego-area theme park. Sawaya cleared earlier rounds by fast-snapping a turkey and an astrobunny. – Lori Patel

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