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Court-ordered yoga and a year’s probation await a Houston-area man convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault. County Criminal Court at Law Judge Larry Standley deemed the unorthodox sentence appropriate for the first-time offender, who had slapped his wife during an argument over her drinking. Says Standley: “I thought this would help him realize that he only has control over himself” � “What does a lady need to do to attract your attention?” the jury forewoman asked in a note sent to English prosecutor Richard Latham, who also got a bottle of champagne from the admirer. Both have since drawn plenty of notice as defense counsel is appealing its clients’ fraud convictions, arguing that the smitten juror may have steered her colleagues toward a guilty verdict � Entrapment, agreed a Florida appeals court, after taking a long look at the dishy detective who enticed Julio Blanco into buying drugs. The 4th District Court of Appeal backed a circuit judge’s ruling that Officer Mike Nahum’s solicitous behavior and “very attractive” body amounted to entrapment for Blanco, who says he misunderstood Nahum’s invitation to “party” � I planned to stop her murder but forgot, says a Washington man accused of having his ex-wife killed. Roland Augustin Pitre Jr. reportedly told police he ordered the hit, but meant to intervene in time to play the hero and win back his ex-wife’s love. Instead, he said he “blacked out” at his girlfriend’s house, and Cheryl Pitre was beaten and strangled to death. The 15-year-old case has attracted attention as one of several Seattle-area crimes recently solved by DNA evidence � Owners of karaoke parlors are singing the blues in San Mateo, Calif., where local officials have prohibited private rooms. Worried about prostitution, shootings and other crimes, the city council has placed an emergency 45-day ban on karaoke behind closed doors. Public humiliation remains legit. – Lori Patel

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