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A rainy drive to a distant jail. Killing time in a Ponderosa Steakhouse. A judge who wonders if “true Christians” would ask for leniency. Waiting for a prosecutor who’s waiting for a state trooper who’s stuck in traffic court. A three-strikes client whose dad opts at the last possible moment for a more optimistic practitioner. As Virginia attorney Ken Lammers tells it, there’s a whole lot of just plain gutting it out in “A Week in the Life of a Criminal Defense Attorney” … A Kansas City defender has one for the memoirs in the case of John Sarver, 47, who pleaded guilty this week to six counts of bank robbery. A police search of Sarver’s home allegedly turned up this note to self: “Rob bank”Gay marriage in the United States ended Tuesday, as an Oregon judge ordered county officials to stop issuing licenses. But Multnomah County Circuit Judge Frank Bearden also ordered the state to legally recognize the approximately 3,000 gay marriages for which licenses had been issued. If the state complies, the unions would be the nation’s first legally recognized gay marriages. Massachusetts is scheduled to begin approving gay marriage applications May 17 … Harvard Law School has created a permanent home for the legal fight against racial inequality. The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, headed by professor Charles Ogletree, has affirmative action, voting rights and combating wrongful criminal convictions on its early agenda … When Stephen Edwards gets out of prison, he might like to go back to practicing law. Consequently, the son of former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is fighting a state disciplinary board’s recommendation that he be permanently disbarred. Such action would be “unduly harsh,” argues his attorney, Karl Koch. Both Edwards men are serving time for extorting applicants for riverboat casino licenses. – Lori Patel

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