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You win, now pay, said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to DA Phil Haney. Over a year ago, the court handed Haney a victory, finding that the Louisiana prosecutor had not violated free speech rights when he fired assistant DA Greg Aucoin for refusing to support his reelection. This week, the court ruled that Haney’s insurer had no obligation to pick up the tab for his successful defense. The Lloyds of London policy expressly excluded claims related to employment practices, the court agreed … Clifford Burkhart found a new way to lose this week. Just three months before the Florida man’s scheduled release from prison, a state appeals court stretched his sentence to a minimum of 10 years. In 2000, Burkhart flew a helicopter onto the grounds of a sexual offender treatment center to help his friend escape. But the helicopter crashed, and the men were captured. The friend, Steven Whitsett, is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for armed escape and carrying a firearm as a felon. As it happened, Whitsett had not met legal requirements for detention, and would have been released, had Burkhart not swooped in to help him escape … Two Republic lawmakers face felony misconduct charges for allegedly using a Wisconsin worker and other state resources for private political campaigns. The state Court of Appeals rejected arguments from former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen and Majority Leader Steve Foti, who claimed they had not been warned against the practice … Stephen Ford had happily defended 75-year-old Betty Gooch from charges of passing bad checks in Chicago area car dealerships. Gooch had pleaded guilty last year to conning her way onto a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. This year, as she faced new charges, she showed up in court with a cane and an oxygen tank, and Ford persuaded a judge to let her go on her own recognizance. Then he tried to deposit his retainer … Lori Patel

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