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Judge says she would castrate man if law allowed it

A judge in Oklahoma City sentenced a man who installed home security systems to life in prison for putting secret cameras in clients bedrooms and bathrooms to make videos of girls. Judge Amy Palumbo told the defendant, Ryan Alden, that she would have him castrated if the law allowed it. (KFOR, the Associated Press)

Schulte Roth sued for alleged bias

A facilities clerk at Schulte Roth & Zabel has filed a lawsuit claiming managers did nothing to stop sexist behavior, homophobic remarks, and discriminatory comments about his religion and national origin. When Sebastian Alonzo referred to the behavior on his self-evaluation, he was told that he was being too sensitive and too emotional, his suit alleges. The law firm said it investigated Alonzo s allegations, as did the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which declined to act. (The New York Law Journal, Aug. 20 lawsuit)

Special prosecutor appointed in Jussie Smollett case

A Chicago judge has appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to investigate the handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of faking an attack on himself and reporting it as a hate crime. Prosecutors later dropped the charges. Webb, co-chair of Winston & Strawn, will handle the case pro bono, though he will charge for out-of-pocket costs. He will investigate whether Smollett or anyone else engaged in any wrongdoing and whether Smollett deserves further prosecution. (The Chicago Tribune here and here)...