Paula Poundstone: Barry Talesnick/Retna
Gary Susman
March 26, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

LEGAL BRIEFS Like Robert Downey Jr., Paula Poundstone got a positive grade on her court-ordered progress report this week, having continued to fulfill the requirement of her probation that she stay clean and sober. While the Los Angeles Superior Court judge in her child-endangerment case refused to grant her requests for additional child-visitation rights, fewer counseling and therapy sessions, and more than five travel days at a time away from L.A., he did tell her that, among the ”hundreds and hundreds of people” whose efforts to turn over a new leaf he oversees, she was ”one of the best,” and he hailed her as a ”leader.” Outside the courthouse in Santa Monica, the comedian crowed about being called ”a leader among felons”….

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