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WATERGATE’S MYSTERY MAN In a new book, Rockville solo practitioner Thomas O’Malley says he has the answer to perhaps the last remaining mystery of the Watergate affair: the identity of Deep Throat, the anonymous source cited by authors Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in All the President’s Men, their book about the 1972 burglary of Democratic headquarters and the resulting cover-up. In Deep Throat: The Watergate Informant, O’Malley names the mystery man as Joseph Lowther, a friend and former colleague of his in the U.S. Attorney’s Office here in the District in the late ’50s and early ’60s. At the time of the Watergate break-in, Lowther was the administrative assistant to the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, John Sirica, who presided over the trial of the five men arrested in the burglary. In his book, O’Malley recounts how he and Baltimore Sun reporter C. Fraser Smith interviewed Lowther at a Florida nursing home in March 1994, a few weeks before he died. In the interview, a transcript of which appears in the book, Lowther admits to meeting with reporter Woodward “a total of about five to ten times.” In an article about Lowther that Smith later wrote for the Sun, Woodward denied that Lowther was Deep Throat, and called him a “fourth tier” source. Yet O’Malley is not convinced. He writes: “Woodward and Bernstein and the Washington Post . . . have displaced Watergate and placed in its stead a web of deceit of their own. Actually, they are suppressing ‘Truth’ by forming a conspiracy of Woodward, Bernstein, the Washington Post, [Ben] Bradlee and Mrs. [Katharine] Graham. . . . The truth they suppress: the facts about Deep Throat.” � Joel Chineson EVALUATING CLAIMS The conviction of former immigration attorney Samuel Kooritzky on multiple fraud counts added an unexpected twist to the practice of Alexandria bankruptcy attorney Thomas Gorman. Judge Leonie Brinkema of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ordered Kooritzky to pay restitution to his former clients in addition to serving 10 years in prison. And she appointed Gorman, a partner at Tyler, Bartl, Gorman & Ramsdell, the trustee of the $5.7 million available for payback. “I’m essentially a deed lawyer,” Gorman says of his role. But as such, he is responsible for allotting shares of the funds to self-proclaimed Kooritzky victims. Of the 1,442 alleged victims that contacted his firm, 1,110 filed claims totaling $5.95 million by the June 30, 2003, deadline. Last year, Gorman had been appointed trustee for the funds of Kooritzky’s business partner, Ronald Bogardus, who pleaded guilty to filing at least 2,700 fraudulent labor certification applications with the Department of Labor and with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Right now, Gorman and paralegals at his seven-lawyer bankruptcy boutique are busy determining which claims are legitimate. He plans to submit a report to the court this fall and hopes to resolve the claims by the end of the year. “People want their money, and they’re entitled to it,” he says. � Siobhan Roth FIDUCIARY DUTIES D.C. lawyer Nell Hennessy, president of Fiduciary Counselors, an SEC-registered investment adviser that acts as an independent fiduciary for pension plans in the United States, has had a busy summer. The former deputy executive director and chief negotiator of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., Hennessy was appointed in July by the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., to distribute all remaining profit sharing assets of Silver Spring, Md.’s Della Ratta Inc. and the Commercial Management Co. to plan participants. The plan’s trustees were found to have raided the fund of more than $166,000, which the court ordered to be returned to the plan. Last week, the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration granted an exemption to allow Northwest Airlines Inc. to contribute stock of regional airline affiliate Pinnacle Airlines in lieu of cash to its three defined benefit pension plans. Hennessy was chosen by Northwest to determine whether the plans should accept the contribution and at what price. “Enron and similar cases have made in-house fiduciaries more conscious of the risks they face, particularly where company stock is held by these plans,” says Hennessy. � J.C. FAMILY AFFAIR Summer has given birth to a new family law practice in Bethesda. Linda Delaney, Margaret McKinney, and Robin Clark have teamed up to form Delaney McKinney & Clark. Delaney and Clark are late of Delaney & Associates; McKinney comes from Bouquet & McKinney. The principals are joined in their venture by Vance Redmond, of counsel to the firm, and associate Eric Glass, a former D.C. police officer. Says Delaney: “What brought us together was our mutual interest in learning about, and incorporating into our practice, the policies affecting children and families of separation and divorce. . . . By forming a firm with a focus on both the economic and social policy issues, we hope we can make a positive contribution to the practice of family law.” � J.C.

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