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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County defense attorney suffered a bloodied face and fractured nose after a brawl with a district attorney’s investigator in a courthouse hallway, his lawyer said. James Crawford was speaking with a witness in the courthouse Wednesday morning when an investigator asked him who he was and called defense lawyers sleazy, said Jerry Steering, Crawford’s attorney. The men traded insults and the investigator threw a metal document clip at Crawford, which he threw back, Steering said. The investigator then grabbed Crawford, slammed his head into a bench and began punching him, Steering said Crawford did not strike back. The Orange County District Attorney’s office declined comment. The county sheriff’s department is investigating the incident, which was reported Friday by the Orange County Register. Paul S. Meyer, an attorney for the investigator, told the newspaper that Crawford’s account was not accurate.


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