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A former prosecutor’s misconduct has led a Chicago judge to overturn the conviction of a man sentenced to death in 1980. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ruled that ex-prosecutor Henry Lazzaro used “intentional deception” when he tricked the defense into not calling a witness by pretending to have a counterwitness ready to testify. Floyd Richardson, who was represented by Joshua Sacks of the state Appellate Defender’s Office, has spent 24 years in prison for the murder of a clerk during a holdup at a South Side convenience store … A conflict of interest has cost Stikeman Elliott a job advising Credit Suisse First Boston. The Toronto-based firm had been helping CSFB fight charges of trying to cover up wrongdoing during a $251 million trade in BCE Inc. A three-member regulatory panel ordered the investment company to fire Stikeman Elliott because the firm had earlier worked for the Canadian market monitor now bringing charges against CSFB … Beveridge and Diamond mailroom workers fell ill Monday after the mail arrived. Six employees were reportedly treated for nose and eye irritation that improved when they left the mailroom. No suspicious substances or packages had been reported … Kazaa’s owners are playing for time. Australia’s Sharman Networks, which owns the song-sharing site, has asked that nation’s Federal Court to delay a copyright battle until U.S. courts have sorted out the same issues. Sharman has successfully fought shutdown attempts in the Netherlands and at the trial court level in the United States. The company is also challenging a court order that allowed Aussie record companies to raid universities and Internet companies for data on users … Ten million hours. That’s how much more pro bono work would be needed to meet the legal needs of New York state’s poor, says a recently released study from the Unified Court System. – Lori Patel

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