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Please don’t file electronically, asks the Denver District Court. Overburdened employees simply can’t respond efficiently to e-mail, explains Clerk of Courts Miles Flesche, pointing to outdated computers and a 28 percent reduction in staff. In response, attorneys have begun hand-carrying files to court — and passing on the costs to clients. “At $300 an hour, it gets expensive,” says one local attorney … Clients will not defray the costs of Minnesota’s public defender system. The state’s high court has struck as unconstitutional a law requiring criminal defendants to pay between $50 and $200 per case for a public defense … It is not a violation of free speech to ban the practice of paying signature-gatherers by the name, a federal judge has ruled. District Judge Ann Aiken upheld an Oregon law forbidding the pay structure, which critics accuse of encouraging fraud … Three white applicants refused admission to the University of Washington School of Law have taken their case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Center for Individual Rights is renewing the students’ previously denied claim for damages and seeking a clarification of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on affirmative action admissions at the University of Michigan Law School … Did a defendant waive the right to privacy when he released his health records to his own attorney? Hawaiian Circuit Judge Marie Milks is mulling the question in the case of a man sentenced to life in prison for attempted murder. Peter Moses was hoping for help when he allowed his public defender to search the records, says his new defender, Susan Arnett. Instead, prosecutors gained evidence of his cocaine abuse and used it to seal their case. Milks has said she’s inclined to label the transaction a voluntary release and let the conviction stand. – Lori Patel

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