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A Las Vegas judge handcuffed a public defender and seated her with inmates after she spoke over him in court. Assistant public defender Zohra Bakhtary had been arguing to keep her client out of jail when Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen told her to "be quiet," then had her cuffed when she continued to speak. While Bakhtary was cuffed, Hafen went on to finish hearing the case, sentencing the client to six months in jail. He then ordered Bakhtary uncuffed, saying, "I think she's learned a lesson."

The judge says it was all an exercise in the importance of courtroom decorum. We're not so sure.

What's the best response to someone making fun of you on Twitter? Probably not to sue them for libel. One lawyer learned that lesson the hard way last week, after his case was tossed from court. Todd Levitt is a Michigan lawyer, former adjunct at Central Michigan University, and self-described "badass" who sued a former student for libel after he created a Levitt parody account on Twitter -- telling the kid to "grab some Vaseline" and get ready for prison.

Apparently, they don't teach the First Amendment at CMU.

Lawyer Conference in Cuba Moved to Miami Over Political Fears

Despite warming relations between America and Cuba, the annual meeting of the Inter-American Bar Association has been relocated from Havana to Miami. An abundance of caution, apparently, is to blame.

If the conference had moved forward, it would have been the first time IABA had met in Cuba since the organization’s inaugural conference in Havana.

If you like the law and you love literature, the American Bar Association wants to hear from you. The ABA and the University of Alabama School of Law announced the finalists for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction last week. The Harper Lee Prize (which the late author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" has given her stamp of approval) is given every year to the best legal fiction that "illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change."

There are three finalists, and now the ABA is asking lawyers who they think should get the gold. Let's take a look at these standouts.

Judge Quits in Disgrace: 1000s of Nude Pics Found of Male Defendants

In some of the more ribald news we have had to discuss this year, Cross County District Judge Joseph Boeckmann stepped down from the bench after stories floated to the surface that he handed out softer sentences for men who went to his home and posed nude or who engaged in other related acts.

According to findings so far, the allegations against Boeckmann don't simply stem from recent times: some allegations date back as far as three decades ago, according to Associated Press.

Top NY Lawyer Sues Family Matriarch for Defamation

To say that this is a family feud would be characterizing the facts mildly. Top litigator Nicholas Gravante of the firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner has sued his mother, Elinor Gravante, for $15,000 and injunctive relief stemming from what he alleges are defamatory remarks about him and his firm. And if you think the name Gravante sounds familiar, it's because Gravante, Sr. represented the Gambino and Lucchese crime families.

To make things more interesting, Gravante's sisters have joined their brother against their mother in a separate suit concerning high value property in Connecticut. And mom has sued back. What a great piece to follow Mothers' Day, right?

Judge Judy took to "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" last Thursday to discuss her role as one of America’s most famous jurists. (Remember, "Judge Judy" is not a real court, but the cases are real and the proceedings are technically binding arbitration.)

It was a fun, fast-paced interview and, true to form, Judge Judy had plenty to say, including some advice for the Supreme Court. Let’s take a look..

Drugs and Sex With Clients: This Florida Lawyer Went Too Far

Disbarment spells the end of (former) Florida public defender Linda Dawn Hadad who allegedly descended into a bit of midlife crisis over the last couple of years.

Although people may still claim to be a little fuzzy on attorney ethics and professional responsibility, almost anyone can tell you that sex with your clients and taking payments in illicit drugs falls far beyond that line, no matter how fuzzy you think it may be.

What brought down the biggest and greatest rock band of all time? It wasn't Yoko Ono, despite what you might have heard. It may have been litigation however, as the Beatles were dogged by a series of lawsuits and legal missteps virtually from the band's founding.

That's Stan Soocher's take on it, at least. Soocher, an entertainment attorney, recently published "Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun and Profit," which was excerpted in the May issue of the ABA Journal. The Beatles' early legal troubles meant that the band "found themselves on the losing side of battles over nearly every aspect of their business," Soocher writes. And those ill-fated battles stretched on long after the band had split.

Here's a story to pull at your heart strings. A North Carolina judge recently made headlines after he sent a Special Forces veteran to jail for parole violations -- then joined him in the cell to serve the full sentence alongside him.

Joseph Serna did three combat tours in Afghanistan before returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder. Soon after his return, he was charged with a DWI and found himself in District Court Judge Lou Olivera's court. When Judge Olivera, himself a veteran of the Gulf War, later sentenced Serna for parole violations, he worried that a night alone in a cell would trigger the soldier's PTSD, so he arranged to serve the sentence with him.