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Lawyers settle some battles out of court

Victim impact, tenants settle, Virginia's death row round out roundup

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By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to Monday, the 54th anniversary of Harper Lee being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Before getting to the news items, can you tell me why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird? Please post your answer in the comments below, without having consulted a search engine.

Now on to a few news items to get your week started.

— Lawyers do not battle only in court.

— Victim-impact statements pose challenge for defense counsel.

— Tenants of often-cited Los Angeles apartment building settle for nearly $2.2 million.

— Race to death row slows in Virginia.