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Lawyers just aren’t happy, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told a Wyoming audience this week. Three times as likely to suffer depression as other professionals, attorneys are also more likely to experience divorce, suicide and drug dependency, said O’Connor, citing unnamed studies. O’Connor reported that 30 years after her classmates had graduated Stanford Law School, “the vast majority” expressed regrets. O’Connor blamed a decline in ethics and professionalism for a good part of the malaise … A New Orleans firm collapsed this week on word that $2.5 million had vanished from its operating fund. The missing money had been designated for federal taxes, said Hoffman, Siegel, Seydel, Bienvenu & Centola. The 16-lawyer civil firm, which boasted a former president of the State Bar association, is struggling to pay off its obligations even as its staff scatters to new positions. CFO Delbert Lee has been arrested and charged with theft … Attempted suicide does not count as obstruction of justice, even if it does make you miss your court date. At least that’s how it played out for William Hanhardt. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a lower court had erred by stiffening Hanhardt’s sentence for failure to appear. The decision could reduce prison time from three to six years for the former Chicago chief of detectives, who pleaded guilty to heading a mob-connected jewelry theft ring … Killing a police officer remains a capital offense in Ohio, after the first person sentenced to death under the state law lost his challenge to the state Supreme Court. In a unanimous decision, the court rejected defense counsel David Doughten’s argument that the 1998 law was unconstitutional because it enhanced the status of police officers as victims. – Lori Patel

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