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Legal round-up: Former lawyer arrested for skipping jail sentence

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) -- A former Marin County attorney convicted previously for practicing law without a license was arrested again after failing to show up to serve three-month sentence for another crime.

The Marin Independent Journal reported that 59-year-old Stephen Jaycox of Santa Rosa appeared in court Thursday as prosecutors sought an additional 30-day sentence.

Jaycox was convicted for practicing law after accepting $4,000 in attorneys' fees from three clients, and appearing in a San Francisco courtroom with no license.

He received home detention after pleading guilty, but was later arrested again for driving while his license was suspended for a DUI.

Jaycox failed to show up for his jail sentence, prompting his latest arrest.

He is being held without bail at the Marin County Jail.

Prosecutor accused of 'pervasive misconduct'

SAN JOSE (AP) -- A state appeals court has reversed a jury's decision to commit a sexually violent predator to a state mental hospital, saying a San Jose prosecutor engaged in serious misconduct.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that the opinion published Thursday claimed Santa Clara County Chief Assistant District Attorney Jay Boyarsky asked improper questions and made improper arguments during the civil trial to commit the man.

Defendant Dariel Shazier pleaded guilty in 1994 to sodomy with a minor under 14, and other charges.

He was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison, but prosecutors sought to commit him to Coalinga State Hospital upon his release.

A jury voted 11-1 to commit Shazier, who remains in the hospital while the parties decide whether to challenge the appellate ruling or retry him.

Brown appoints former lawmaker to judge post

SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a former Democratic state lawmaker to a judgeship in Sacramento County after she decided against seeking re-election amid a divorce and financial troubles.

The governor announced Thursday the appointment of former Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, who represented Sacramento suburbs in the Legislature.

Huber, who is 40, worked in two law firms as a business litigator before serving two terms in the Assembly. She opted not to run for a third and final term this year after newly drawn political boundaries shifted her district in favor of Republicans.

She also has been wrestling with a divorce and default on a $1 million mortgage for a home in the El Dorado Hills.

Huber will make about $179,000 annually as a judge compared to her legislative salary of $95,000.

W. Pa. man files lawsuit against LinkedIn

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pittsburgh-area man has filed a federal lawsuit against the networking company LinkedIn (Nasdaq: LNKD), claiming that it must tell him who put his name, personal cell phone and personal email on the site.

Rick D. Senft, president of Passavant Memorial Homes, claims in the lawsuit that someone set up a LinkedIn account in his name without his permission and included his personal contact information. Passavant assists people who have developmental disabilities.

The lawsuit claims that LinkedIn, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., has taken down the page in dispute but won't turn over the identity of its creator without a court order. The lawsuit says that Senft, of Cranberry, keeps his personal contact information private.

LinkedIn's public relations department couldn't be reached for comment.

Carnegie Mellon wins $1.2 billion patent verdict

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A federal jury in Pittsburgh has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $1.17 billion in damages in a patent dispute over computer hard drive technology.

The verdict Wednesday against Marvell Technology Group (Nasdaq: MRVL) of Santa Clara, Calif. came after four weeks of testimony.

Carnegie Mellon filed the lawsuit in 2009 and claimed that Marvell infringed on patents that came from the work of professor Jose Moura and then-student Alek Kavcic.

Marvell says it is disappointed in the verdict and plans to appeal.

Carnegie Mellon says in a statement that it is gratified by the verdict and that protection of faculty and student discoveries is very important.

Legal experts say such verdicts can be reduced or overturned on appeal.

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