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He prosecuted 35 persons who have since been pardoned. Soon, Terry McEachern will face his own moment as a defendant. The State Bar of Texas says it will seek sanctions against the prosecutor of the discredited 1999 Tulia drug sweep. The Hale County DA, who lost his bid for re-election earlier this month, could have his license pulled, if convicted … Right case, wrong interpretation, said the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning a U.S. district judge’s decision based on its own precedent. The court overruled Judge Robert E. Payne’s decision to suppress a gun and drugs seized from Virginian Irvin Mayo, who attracted police attention by keeping a hand in his pocket and acting “unusually nervous.” Payne cited an earlier “hand in pocket” search tossed by the court, but the 4th Circuit said Mayo’s case was different since he also behaved suspiciously … A state incest law does not apply to stepparents, the Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled. In a 4-3 decision, the court found that the law banned only intercourse between persons related by blood or adoption. Defendant Dawud Rahim continues to face multiple charges, including rape … QVC’s claims for fat-busting products are larded with lies and fantasy, says the FTC. The commission is suing the shopping channel for alleged repeated violations of an earlier settlement agreement banning false or untested claims. The commission is seeking fines of more than $11,000 per violation, as well as customer refunds … California farm workers picked up a victory against Valley produce giant D’Arrigo Brothers. The workers should be reimbursed for time they spent traveling on a mandatory company bus, ruled U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel. The settlement, estimated to run as high as $13 million, is expected to be the largest since a 2000 state Supreme Court ruling on the issue. – Lori Patel

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