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A Naples, Fla., firm has filed two complaints with the Florida Bar against attorney Mike Carr, claiming slander. Agoston & Gennett says that Carr, chairman of the Collier County Republican Party, accused the firm’s principals of perpetrating a “fraud on the public.” Agoston & Gennett has been the focus of an investigation over anonymous letters targeting area defense attorneys … The pending loss of accreditation for Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Calif., may be on hold. The American Bar Association has said it will reconsider, after recommending in December that the school lose its national accreditation. Western State sued, and a federal judge granted a temporary injunction preventing the ABA from withdrawing accreditation. The ABA’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will hold a special meeting March 28 to discuss the school’s status. The ABA section was concerned about Western’s dropout rate, the number of its students passing the bar exam and their scores on the Law School Aptitude Test. Western has argued that it’s improving and that it outranks some accredited schools on those criteria … Charges were dropped Tuesday against seven women and their “accomplices” — husbands, boyfriends and a doctor — over abortions performed illegally in Portugal in 1997. Charges had been brought in 1995 against 42 defendants, but most were dropped before trial. Women in the mostly Roman Catholic country can be jailed for three years for an abortion. The teenage pregnancy rate there is about 20 per 1,000, among the highest in the European Union … The New Orleans sheriff’s office has filed suit against a state psychiatric ward over the death of an otherwise healthy 24-year-old who was in custody. The sheriff’s office says that the man, who was held in five-point restraints for about 40 hours, was given inadequate medical attention after his arrest on drunken-driving charges.

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