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Too early, too arrogant, too chummy with the governor. The Connecticut Senate found no shortage of reasons Thursday not to confirm Interim Judge Joseph Mengacci. Mengacci had allegedly violated state statute by applying too soon after serving on the Judicial Selection Commission. The judge, who had eked out a House victory, was also criticized for his close ties to embattled Gov. John G. Rowland. Last week, another Rowland judicial nominee, James Robertson, pulled his name amid claims that his firm provided the governor with free legal work … Pledge plaintiff Michael Newdow lost another of his many legal battles Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. dismissed Newdow’s suit against taxpayer-funded chaplains in Congress, finding that Newdow had not demonstrated a sufficient, personal injury. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said as much last month, as it dismissed Newdow’s suit against inaugural prayer … On second thought, go ahead and be gay, said the Tennessee Court of Appeal, reversing its earlier ban on a gay dad’s “exposing” his son to his “gay lifestyle.” The court found its previous order overly broad and unenforceable. The ruling marked a victory for attorney Rob Turner and client Joseph Hogue, who had been sentenced to two days in jail for contempt of the ban … Please let me stay in jail, pleaded a former Indiana public defender, fighting a safety transfer from a Columbus facility. “I have a lot of clients in that jail, and I have heard of no problem with my work,” said Karon Perkins, 44, who also claimed that her black belt in Tae Kwon Do would suffice in case of emergency. But Perkins, arguing pro se, failed to persuade Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann, who ordered her moved to Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis, while she awaits trial for allegedly using her office as a methamphetamine front. – Lori Patel

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