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The skinny: International judge rules against lawyers' wigs

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horsehair wig? International judge says nay

Hair today, gone tomorrow. A judge has asked lawyers to shed their wigs next time they appear before her at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. A handful of attorneys appeared Monday in traditional black gowns and white horsehair wigs for a preliminary hearing in a case dealing with violence after Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential election. Justice Ekaterina Trendafilova paused briefly at the end of the hearing to pass a hair-raising judgment. "This is not the dress code of this institution. In this quite warm weather maybe it will be more convenient to be without wigs," she said, smiling. It is unusual for lawyers to appear at the International Criminal Court in wigs, but not unheard of. At least three wore wigs during the initial appearance of three Kenyan suspects on April 8, without Trendafilova issuing any dress code guidelines.

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Party bosses are party poopers

Remember state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, whose use of the word "uterus" during a debate over labor rights prompted Republican House leadership to ban the discussion of body parts on the floor? Well, meet Edmond Talmacean, who has been ordered by his party bosses to tone it down. The Romanian lawmaker from Bucharest has inspired national headlines with his Michael Jackson-inspired moonwalk on a TV show and his impersonations of the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. His impersonation of a well-known sports commentator during a serious political debate also stunned lawmakers into silence. "Dancing is another kind of political message to appeal to the younger generation, that it is good to have fun … that you can go to a disco and dance," Talmacean, 40, told the Associated Press on Monday. Despite the official disapproval, he is trending big time, with traffic to his political blog soaring from 49th most viewed to the seventh in two weeks.

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Surgeon's apology doesn't cut it

The world's largest organization of surgeons has accepted the resignation of its president-elect after he wrote a Valentine's Day column some members found demeaning to women. Dr. Lazar J. Greenfield, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan Medical School, said Monday he had stepped down from his leadership post with the American College of Surgeons after the board rejected his attempts to make amends. In Surgery News, Greenfield, 76, described semen as a mood enhancer for women and referred to a scientific study that described female college students who had unprotected sex as less depressed than those whose partners used condoms. "So there's a deeper bond between men and women than St. Valentine would have suspected, and now we know there's a better gift for that day than chocolates," he wrote.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: International judge rules against lawyers' wigs 04/18/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:13pm]

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