OFF LIMITS

Ardor in the court: This month's sexual harassment suit against cowboy-booted lawyer Phil Lowery put that dull stuff in L.A. to shame. One of the most delicious moments came when a former lawyer with Lowery's firm, John Giduck, accused one of the plaintiffs of "unprofessional" behavior. Veteran court-watchers may recall that Giduck himself exercised some questionable legal judgment when he jetted off to the Caribbean with then-client Donna Yaklich, the grieving widow who was later convicted of killing her husband, undercover cop Dennis. Donna's currently doing time.

Among the less-than-professional actions Giduck pinned on receptionist Mary Reichert: flirting on the phone with a caller who turned out to be U.S. District Judge Jim Carrigan. The judge, who moves to senior status this fall, on Tuesday was given the Trial Lawyers of America's Amicus Award for his "vigilance in always putting the rights and dignity of individuals first."

More benchmarks: Now that the Lowery case is closed, legal-action addicts will just have to feed their habit with more O.J. Not only did blabber Ken Hamblin reach a plea bargain just two days before his scheduled July 14 trial (on a charge of misdemeanor harassment) in Lakewood Municipal Court, but the Denver District Attorney's office has dropped charges against Terry Schleder. Judging from all the outrage over her homegrown, Amendment 2-inspired Boycott Colorado campaign, Schleder was last year's Public Enemy No. 1. But she wasn't arrested (and charged with disturbing the peace) until August 1993, when she handcuffed herself to the governor's mansion while President Bill Clinton was dining inside. The charges were finally dropped a few weeks before the July 18 trial date. "It's good for me," Schleder says of the dismissal. "I don't even have to pay a fine now. And I hope it's a message to activists in Denver that we can't let the police bully us out of protesting." Schleder, however, has already hit the road: She's now living in New York City, raising money to fight Amendment 2-inspired ballot initiatives in other states.

Although the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau always downplayed the effect Boycott Colorado had on business, one booking was never in doubt: that of University of Colorado coach Bill McCartney's Promise Keepers. In fact, the bureau just sent a mailing to its members extolling this weekend's event, "another biggy!!!!!" that will bring 55,000 men to Boulder "to honor Jesus Christ and to learn more about becoming Godly men." Fortunately, the bureau notes, they'll have the opportunity to "purchase souvenirs" and perhaps even eat "off campus." Last year's daylong barbecue at Folsom was so huge it made the Guinness Book of World Records--but didn't do much for Boulder's restaurants.

Put it on your tab: Walters & Theis, the private law firm hired by the city to wrest the unedited videotapes of Paula Woodward's May series on the Denver Department of Public Works from Channel 9, isn't loafing on the job--not judging by its billing, anyway. The firm just billed another $18,945 to its taxpayer-funded fees--which now top $30,000.

 
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