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Brawling Barristers: Ex-Calif. prosecutor sues colleague over fistfight

A couple of California lawyers who got into an office fistfight will soon be taking the gloves off...in court AP

(CBS/AP) MARTINEZ, Calif. - Two Northern California prosecutors who had an office fistfight will now duke it out in more familiar territory - a court of law.

Former Contra County prosecutor Paul Sequira filed a Superior Court lawsuit on Wednesday claiming his ex-colleague, senior prosecutor Harold Jewett, punched him during an argument, and that he needed hospital care.

The San Francisco Chronicle says the pugilist prosecutors had been at odds since the 2010 election of a new district attorney, when they backed opposing candidates.

Sequeira, who's 53, was third in command at the Martinez district attorney's office when the fight occurred.

Jewett, who's 55, says he acted in self-defense after an office argument escalated.

Sequira's Superior Court lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Jewett.

Betcha this is only round one.


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