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• Roberts’ Philosophy Revealed… Maybe Is he or isn’t he? Although the White House claims John Roberts Jr. doesn’t recall being a member of the Federalist Society, an article he penned about the 1992-93 Supreme Court term appeared in the conservative Public Interest Law Review, a now-defunct journal backed by the group. • No Way Pro Se The top legal authority presiding over Pentagon military commissions, retired Maj. Gen. John Altenburg Jr., has determined that suspected terrorists charged before the commissions cannot defend themselves at trial. • Fried Embattled contractor Custer Battles LLC changed lawyers last week as a False Claims Act suit against the McLean, Va.-based company entered the discovery phase. • Flashback Democratic senators attending Timothy Flanigan’s confirmation hearing July 25 were eager to remind the nominee for the Justice Department post of deputy attorney general of remarks he made previously regarding the confirmation of federal judges. • Money Battle A half-million dollars is a lot to spend for an $18,000-a-year part-time job. But that’s how much two lawyers battling to represent southern Fairfax County in Virginia’s House of Delegates have raised, making it easily the most expensive House race in the state this year. • Strike Out The D.C. Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a D.C. man convicted of assault charges after finding the prosecutor improperly used peremptory challenges to remove all of the black women from the jury pool. • Melting Pot Mintz, Levin Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo hopes a move, which more than doubles the number of minority partners at the Boston-based firm, will help address the largest problem with attaining law firm diversity: retention. • Taxing Elderly D.C. residents hit with skyrocketing property tax assessments can now get some relief under a law passed by the D.C. Council last month.

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