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The winning oral sex defense: A Connecticut jury took less than an hour to clear Heather Specyalski of vehicular manslaughter charges. The key to her defense: attorney Jeremiah Donovan’s closing arguments, in which he explained that his client could not have been driving at the time of a fatal accident because she had her head bent over her task. A relieved Specyalski observed, “I just want to get back to being a mom” … File this under “long shot.” After the Alabama Supreme Court rejected Roy Moore’s bid to regain his post as chief justice, Moore’s attorney, Jim Ziegler, announced Plan B. “We will now circulate a petition asking Gov. Bob Riley to appoint Roy Moore to the vacancy for chief justice. My legal opinion is that Judge Moore is eligible for the appointment” … Religious expression was saved by a Chicago federal judge who ordered a park to find room in its pathway for a brick inscribed with a controversial message. U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo found that the park district had violated a couple’s free speech rights by refusing to install the brick that they’d purchased and engraved with the message “Jesus is the Cornerstone” … The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is closing in on a big payday. The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved a bill to allow the office to raise fees by 15 percent and to keep the proceeds. The bill, which has already cleared the House, moves now to the full Senate … The road to tort reform is packed with cars built in another state. At least, that’s how Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour sees it. With two weeks left in the state’s legislative session, he’s been circulating a letter from a Toyota official, claiming the company had wanted to open its newest plant in the Delta state, but was scared off by the “litigation climate.” Toyota earlier gave other reasons for moving on. – Lori Patel

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