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Welcome to Law.com’s Midweek Recess, in which we round up some tasty tidbits from the week’s legal news cycle. We’ll be here every Wednesday, so grab a cup of coffee and take a little break. It’s all downhill to the weekend from here.

A Thorny Horn Problem - Massachusetts defense attorney James G. Reardon Jr. is facing an unusual challenge in an upcoming murder trial, and is trying to make sure the jury isn’t caught off guard – and potentially prejudiced – by what he describes as the “unique appearance” of his client. Reardon’s client, Caius Veiovis, is facing charges for his alleged role in a brutal triple homicide (we will spare you the truly horrible details here). His two co-defendants have been convicted in separate trials. At a pre-trial hearing, Reardon told the court that there would likely be “a serious factor of curiosity and concern,” when the jury gets a look at the defendant. You see, Veiovis has horn-like implants and a “666″ tattoo on his forehead, as well as various other piercings, tattoos and alterations. (We checked out the photos, and indeed had those reactions, along with a few stronger ones).

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