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Relax, lawyers — the doctors will see you after all. A doctor’s proposal asking the AMA to endorse refusal of care to plaintiffs lawyers and their spouses was shouted down at the association’s annual meeting Sunday, even after its sponsor, Dr. J. Chris Hawk, had it withdrawn. Hawk said he proposed the resolution to draw attention to rising medical malpractice costs … The defense wishes to call Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld — and nearly 100 other potential witnesses — in Pfc. Lynndie England’s upcoming Article 32 hearing over charges that she abused prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. It’s unlikely that many of the witnesses will take the stand, but the wish list signals defense attorneys’ intent to put the Bush administration’s intelligence-gathering policies on trial … The diversity issue is back on the table in Michigan, where a state appeals court reinstated a petition drive for a ballot proposal to end affirmative action at public universities. It may be too late to salvage the petition drive for the 2004 elections, but in any case, affirmative action supporters say they’ll likely appeal the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court … The second corruption trial of Tyco executives Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz is set to begin Jan. 18, nine months after the first case ended in a mistrial. The charges against the pair — Tyco’s former CEO and CFO, respectively — include grand larceny as part of the overall case accusing them of looting some $600 million from the company coffers … The Croc Hunter has become the hunted: Steve Irwin, TV’s “Crocodile Hunter,” is reportedly under investigation by the Australian government for allegedly cavorting with whales and penguins in Antarctica for an Animal Planet documentary, thereby violating wildlife laws that carry up to two years’ jail time for conviction. – Lydia Markoff

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