Peterson Lawyers Subpoena Judge in Wiretap Dispute

“Lawyers for Scott Peterson have subpoenaed the judge who approved a wiretap on Scott Peterson’s telephone, arguing he violated rules governing a capital murder case, court officials said Tuesday,” CNN reports. Peterson’s attorney, Mark Geragos, is a master at diverting public attention from the allegations against his client.

For example, take a look at this.

Gov’t Changes Mind on Gay Employee Event

“Attorney General John Ashcroft will allow gay and lesbian Justice Department employees to hold an annual gathering at agency headquarters if they foot the bill, a move critics said Tuesday was a clumsy reversal of a previous decision,” The Washington Post reports here.

Pizza Delivery Foiled Abduction Suspect

“The 9-year-old girl kidnapped from her home helped police make a quick arrest by remembering a key detail from her two-day ordeal: a Little Caesar’s pepperoni pizza that was delivered to the house where she was allegedly held captive. Hours after she was released and dropped off at a convenience store, that detail enabled police track down the address, where they arrested David Montiel Cruz, 24, in a raid at the house he shared with his girlfriend.” The AP has the details.

Mr. Cruz, who — if guilty — is one sick bastard, is facing nine felony charges.

Hitting Baskets Easier Than Getting Payoff

“The odds were certainly against Kerem Ozguz, then an 18-year-old high school senior who stood to make $25,000 if he could make two of three basketball shots during last year’s graduation festivities.”

“He swished one, and then another, of the half-court shots during the Aliso Niguel High School Grad Nite. Ozguz was swarmed by classmates as the second shot barely rippled the net.”

“But when he went to collect his money, the company that guaranteed the payout allegedly backed out of the deal.” He had to hire a lawyer, and ended up with only $17,000 after attorneys’ fees, The LA Times reports here.

Handyman Admits to Holding Sex Slaves

This is just too creepy. “A retired handyman pleaded guilty Tuesday to holding five women captive as sex slaves in an underground bunker over a 15-year period.” “Authorities say the victims included a 14-year-old girl taken in 1988, a 13-year-old girl in 1995, a 53-year-old woman in 1997, a 26-year-old in 2001 and the 16-year-old,” the AP reports here.

Now, Trial Lawyers Could Use a Good Lawyer

“The headquarters of the trial lawyers association in the nation’s capital lies in a predictably tony neighborhood. The red-brick townhouse is nestled in a posh area of Georgetown, alongside a languid canal. These days, however, those who work inside might want to change the canal into a moat. With Republicans in charge of much of Washington – and moving to put limits on litigation – the headquarters of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America could be described a building under siege,” The Christian Science Monitor reports here.

Giving Police Client Information Earns a Fine

Wisconsin family law attorney James Paul O’Neil agreed to represent Erik Gracia in a divorce from his wife. Later, Gracia asked for his retainer back, informing the attorney that his wife had died. He also told him he might need representation in an unspecified criminal matter. When the cops came calling, the attorney turned over Gracia’s file, without his permission or asserting attorney-client privilege. The cops charged Gracia with murder in the death of his wife, and he was convicted. The Wisconsin Supreme Court just upheld O’Neil’s public reprimand and the $11,439 fine levied against him, The National Law Journal reports here.

Supreme Court Rejects Drug-Free Neighborhood Law

“The Supreme Court let stand Monday a ruling that struck down a Cincinnati law that sought to create a “drug-exclusion zone” by banning anyone arrested or convicted of certain drug offenses from a high-crime neighborhood. Without comment, the high court rejected an appeal by the city defending the 1996 ordinance,” Reuters reports here.