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Lawyers asked not to pat police backs

A Virginia Beach, Va., judge said defense lawyers have been asked to halt
the practice of patting police officers on the back.

Chief General District Judge Gene Woolard said that while there has been
no evidence of impropriety, the back-patting can leave the impression of a
"good old boy system" that the court would rather do without, the
Newport News (Va.) Daily Press reported Tuesday.

A report in a recent newsletter of the Virginia Beach Bar Association said
some judges worry the gesture could appear prejudicial.
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