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Just get back to class. Like a principal who’s heard it all, the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected one attorney’s protests against mandatory anti-bias classes. Elliot Rothenberg, a former state lawmaker and onetime candidate for state AG, had argued that CLE courses such as “Understanding Islam and Working with Muslim Clients” unconstitutionally promoted religious and political ideologies. The justices invited him to pick a different course … Never mind a warrant, said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In an 11-4 decision, the court ruled that prosecutors may use evidence found during a “cursory” protective sweep of private property, as long as police entered for a legitimate law enforcement purpose. Previously, the court had ruled that police could make such sweeps only if they intended to arrest someone. Two dissenting judges called the new ruling “the road to hell”Former top cop William McCabe has won qualified immunity from Massachusetts’ high court. The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed a suit by a woman who been forced by a rogue officer to submit to a roadside strip search. She had argued that McCabe, then superintendent of state police, should be liable for not firing the known abuser sooner … How badly do defense attorneys want video recorders installed in Cleveland’s police department? Bad enough to pay for them. The Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association has volunteered up to $2,500 for devices to record interviews and statements. So far, no takers … Not good enough, says one indigent defendant about his counsel, the president of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. George Fiorini wants a new lawyer — his third. Fiorini, who faces 80 counts of fraud, money laundering and income tax evasion, filed his own protest against his lack of “competent legal counsel.” Attorney Hal Arenstein notes his client might like him better if he ever returned his phone calls. – Lori Patel

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