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Once again, a mysterious white powder has prompted officials to shut down an Ohio courthouse. The Hamilton County Courthouse closed Tuesday after Judge William L. Mallory discovered a dandruff-like powder in his mail. A Montgomery County courthouse closed last month for similar reasons … Lingering during a traffic stop helped a Missouri state trooper uncover drug evidence — but it also cost him the bust. The state Supreme Court ruled this week that during a routine traffic stop, a police officer may question a driver only as long as it takes to issue a citation. The court dismissed claims that the driver’s nervousness was enough to prompt reasonable suspicion … The price of tickets to an ex-judge’s campaign fundraiser just went up — for the former judge, that is. C. Hunter King already lost his seat on the Louisiana bench for ordering court employees to sell 20 tickets apiece. Now, he’s facing charges of perjury and public salary extortion. If convicted, King could face 15 years in prison and $15,000 in fines … Joe Gregory Stewart didn’t chase ambulances. He had a better system: his own police officer, willing to cite drivers for DUI, pass their names to Stewart and happily fail to show in court so charges would be dropped. For this, Stewart paid $200 to $300 per client. But Stewart’s hardworking officer worked a little too hard. He issued so many citations that he won an award from MADD as the state’s top DUI enforcer. That seemed odd, since Tunica County has the state’s lowest DUI conviction rate. A local news station blew the pair’s cover, and last week the former Oxford, Miss., attorney was sentenced to three years probation. He’ll also pay a $20,000 fine. Next up in the journalists’ crosshairs: Tunica County Justice Court Judge J. Ted Emanuel, who has been previously disciplined for illegally reducing DUI sentences. – Lori Patel

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