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See anything wrong in this picture? No? Then you're clearly not from Texas, where the law bloggers are having all kinds of fun with the recent prank by attorney and party-crasher George Lobb (white hard hat above).

On Sept. 2, officials and dignitaries were on hand to break ground for a new federal courthouse in Austin, Texas. Also there, with his own shovel, was the uninvited Mr. Lobb, who somehow managed to get into the official photograph commemorating the event. In fact, the Tex Parte blog writes that when Lobb "joined the dignitaries picked to be in the photo, the General Services Administration spokeswoman who coordinated the event gave Lobb one of the gold painted ceremonial shovels."

Court officials are miffed, Austin Legal reports:

“We had an interloper,” said U.S. Magistrate Judge Andy Austin, who said local federal judges were not amused. “It was almost like this Forrest Gump thing.”

“The night after the groundbreaking, I was watching the news and I saw a shot of the group. I was like, ‘What the hell was he doing in there?'” Austin said.

Lobb is a May 2008 law school graduate who Magistrate Austin said has been court-appointed on a handful of criminal cases in federal court. “This guy had nothing to do with the courthouse,” Austin said.

Posted by Bruce Carton on September 22, 2009 at 10:37 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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