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Quick 10: Memorable litigants  

Here at Virginia Lawyers Weekly, we occasionally are entertained by some of the more memorable names we see, in case captions or press releases. Whether these are given names, or names fashioned by the particular litigant in question, we can’t say, but they show interesting names are not just for pop stars.

1. D’AlCapone AlPacino Morris. With a given name that combines “that of an historic crime figure and a film star,” press reports of the arrest of fugitive Morris in Ohio last fall wondered whether he was doomed to be a fugitive from justice. No word on any eventual charges against Morris.

2. Lord Versatile, a/k/a Venson Coward, is a frequent flyer in Virginia federal courts, as in this 4th Circuit case, Lord Versatile v. Wright, No. 09-6505,and this Richmond federal district court case, Lord Versatile v. Johnson, No. 3:09cv120.

3. An Abingdon federal criminal case reported last fall gives us several gangsta names. Federal prosecutors said drug dealers, including Oedipus Mumphrey, operated behind a music production company, Kantstop Records Inc.

4. Other playas cited in the government press release in the Kantstop case included corporate officers Derrick Lamont Evans (“Shank”), and Bryant Kelly Pride (“Pride), as well as KantStop’s sponsored musicians, Marcus Andrew Watkins (“Sparkz”), Andre Lamont Watkins (“Huff da Author”), Tyree Lamar Slade (“Ovious Mcfly”) and Charles Jermaine King, “who performed under the name “Zig-Lah.”

5. Lord Quikzonious Judah, S/K/A Lord Quickzonious Judah hits Virginia state courts, as in this case from last year.

6. William Henry Harrison, a/k/a Allah-God Kundalini Isa Allah, sued federal prison officials under Bivens in a decision handed down in November Harrison v. Watts, No. 09-6696.

7. Lovansa Yolanda Roach traded in her melodious moniker for the short and sweet “Blondie” when she tried to overturn her federal sentence in the 4th Circuit.

8. The “Bud & the Boyz Construction”– is that the hip-hop version of “Smith & Sons”? — faced a lawsuit last year in Fairfax filed by Superior Paving Corp.

9. OK, we admit this name is doesn’t raise eyebrows, but as Bob Newhart fans, we did search the case of Darrell Ray Ferrell v. Commonwealth for a possible mention of his “other brother Darryl.”

10. USA v. Brotha Workitout, Case No. JFM-06-0550, rearraigned last week in federal court. “That is actually his name,” confirmed PD Brendan A. Hurson, who is representing Workitout. “He had some mental health issues and he changed his name” from James Weldon Hunter Jr.

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