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Step One: Cite the libel in your libel suit (access required)

Being a criminal prosecutor is not the same thing as being an expert on libel law, and a spate of bad press is not the same thing as actual malice. Ousted Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline may learn a thing about both of these points after filing a pro se complaint for libel against the Raleigh News & Observer on September 4.

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Give him an ‘A’ for effort (access required)

You’ve gotta hand it to a convicted drug dealer and his North Carolina attorney for coming up with a novel defense to a blatant probation violation, even though their argument failed. Graham solo Todd A. Smith tried to convince an Alamance County Superior Court judge that his client couldn’t be punished for violating the terms of his probation because he’d walked out of a busy courthouse before anyone in the probation office had a chance to process him.

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Topless rally: An issue close to his heart (access required)

Anyone reading the news report of the “topless rally” held in downtown Asheville last week surely had questions: Turnout for an event with such high gawker appeal was actually down from a similar rally last year? Why is a 59-year old man organizing a movement that encourages women to bare their breasts in public? And does he really go by the name Sparkles the Clown?

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Just look up (access required)

It’s not every day that attorneys take a road trip to the nation’s highest court to argue about bare buttocks. But that’s what Brooks Pierce attorneys Wade Hargrove, Mark Prak, David Kushner and Julia Ambrose did earlier this year in FCC v. Fox, the latest Supreme Court case to address the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing regulation of indecent programming.

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Lawyering up, locally (access required)

Once the locavore was born, could the locattorney be far behind? The “Eat Local” movement, begun as an effort to support small, nearby farmers in lieu of distant, corporate agriculture, has spawned a range of similar spending philosophies -- and correlating bumper stickers. And coming soon to a bumper near you: “Contract Local.”

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