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SUCCESS IN THE COURT OF APPEALS

A prosecutor used her powers of persuasion to land a gig as Jimmy Buffett's backup singer.

Debra Barnisin missed a phone message at her office telling her that she was a finalist in a contest to perform with the singer on July 27 in Pittsburgh. When she found out after the concert what had happened, she tracked down Buffett and made her plea.

"He said, 'That's the saddest concert story I've ever heard. You can sing backup with me anytime,' " said Barnisin, who will perform with Buffett this weekend in Columbia, Md.

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