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  • When a public defender didn’t show up to represent a guy in traffic court, District Judge Jim Motznik marched downstairs and ordered two public defenders from another courtroom to fill in. Both attorneys declined because they were unprepared and were in the midst of felony cases, so Judge Motznik dismissed the case.  Drama! Good luck and godspeed to the Chief Public Defender Eliot Howser, who starts on Monday.  [Post-Gazette]*
  • Judge John M. Cleland rejects Jerry Sandusky’s request for a “bill of particulars” detailing all the details of alleged child abuse.  [Trib]
  • Ohio joins the roster of states suing BNY Mellon over its handling of state pension funds.  [WSJ]
  • Jones Day beefs up its Pittsburgh corporate law group by poaching two attorneys from K&L Gates.  [Citybizlist]
  • Duane Morris is richer than ever.  [Legal Intelligencer]
  • Congrats to Penn Law, #7 in the US News & World Report rankings released yesterday.  It is the also the the second-most expensive law school in the top ten, and is more expensive than Harvard.  Huzzah! Pitt was #69.  [US News & World Report]
*Confidential to Mr. Howser: I’m pretty sure there’s no constitutional right to an attorney to defend your speeding tickets or whatever, so perhaps those resources could be better allocated to avoid judicial temper tantrums?