Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Weekly Legal News: July 26, 2007

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Weekly Legal News: July 26, 2007

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Talk about accommodating.

A Brooklyn judge couldn't let a guy nicknamed Vinny Gorgeous come into court sartorially challenged, even though Vincent Basciano, a one-time beauty salon owner, is also an accused organized-crime boss on trial for murder.

It seems that Vinny ran out of clean dress shirts and complained that it made him uncomfortable to think of having to sport a T- shirt under his suit jacket.

To the rescue came Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who keeps a shirt and tie on hand for emergencies.

The judge expressed concern that the blue shirt and yellow tie weren't exactly made for each other colorwise, but Basciano was appreciative, telling Garaufis, "I would do my shopping here."

Convicted in 2006 of racketeering, attempted murder and kidnapping, Vinny Gorgeous is on trial for the 2001 murder of rival Frank Santoro.

Bend it like Beckham, but spare the 'roo

Australia contends that, at 25 million strong, its kangaroo population is in no danger of decimation from Adidas, which uses kangaroo hides to make the light-weight Predator soccer cleats popularized by LA Galaxy star David Beckham and others.

However, the California Supreme Court has prohibited the sale of the cleats and other 'roo leather goods, instituting the only ban among the 50 states.

Legislation is working its way through the California Legislature that would allow such products to be sold in that state.

Adidas was sued by animal rights groups who object to what they say are frequently cruel means of hunting kangaroos.

California banned the sale of products made from many species threatened with extinction beginning in 1971, followed by a U.S. ban in 1974. Kangaroos were removed from the list in 1995 after the Australian government announced that the kangaroo population had recovered.

Siding with Adidas, Australia said that hunting kangaroos is part of a sound wildlife management program, now that they number about 25 million. …

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