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Weekly roundup

A quick spin around the courts...

9th District holds that defendant who initiates affray has a duty to retreat, even in her own home... Judge's erroneous statement that defendant could raise speedy trial issue on postconviction relief did not invalidate plea, according to 5th District...  9th District says that no contest plea does not preserve claim that judge erroneously denied defendant's motion in limine... 5th District holds that accidental overwriting of arrest videotape did not require granting of defendant's motion to dismiss/in limine; I gave full treatment to this issue a few months back...

Four-inch step on which plaintiff fell at car dealership was "open and obvious" hazard, and fact that plaintiff was engaged in conversation with salesman at time of fall didn't create attendant circumstance, says the 2nd District... 5th District upholds spousal support award of $1,000 a month for 12 years in 30-year marriage where husband is postal worker making $22 an hour and wife recently got job as housekeeper at $7.50 per hour... 8th District rejects mother's motion to relocate children, says she failed to show it was in best interests of the child.

And we'll close with Slip and Fall Cases that You Really Shouldn't Have Taken In, Volume 24:  the one where your client falls over a riser in the store and tells the employee, "You know, I slipped on this same riser yesterday.  You really should get this fixed."

Have a good weekend.

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