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Wanting to remain loyal to a dead former client, Ohio attorney Beth Lewis refused repeated orders to disclose their conversations. But the Ohio Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that Lewis must reveal what Jan Franks may have told her about a missing girl. The court found that a little-known state law gave Franks’ husband power to waive the attorney-client privilege of his deceased spouse. Authorities believe that five years ago Jan Franks accidentally ran over the girl, who had been out walking her dog, and later hid her body … An assistant DA’s killer had a date with the Texas death chamber last night. Marcus Cotton had been convicted of killing Houston attorney Gil Epstein during a 1996 robbery attempt. Prosecutors charged that Cotton shot Epstein after seeing the DA’s badge in his wallet … “No one ever told me in law school that we’d be having these kinds of conversations in open court,” said Connecticut Superior Court Judge Robert L. Holzberg, as he granted attorney Jeremiah Donovan permission to mount an oral sex defense. Donovan’s client claims she cannot be guilty of second-degree manslaughter because she was not driving during a fatal car crash. Instead, she maintains, she was paying a particular sort of attention to driver Neil Esposito. A skeptical prosecutor, Maureen Platt, fired off three alternative explanations for the businessman’s body being found thrown from the car, pants down … If Linda Gail Carter is a man, then she is married to Constance Gonzales, who would like a divorce — and a suitable division of proceeds. But if Carter is a woman, the couple’s same-sex Texas union is void. Family Court Judge Lisa Ann Millard ordered genetic testing to determine Carter’s gender. The judge admitted confusion because Carter, born James Howard Murphy, “is 6-foot-4, weighs 275 pounds and purportedly has male genitals.” – Lori Patel

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