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D.C. Circuit Dodges Roberts Recusal Flap With a single sentence, two judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last week brushed aside a sticky ethics question that had plagued their former colleague, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. • Flanigan Says Withdrawal the Result of Delays in Confirmation Process In an interview last week, Timothy Flanigan said that it was delays in the confirmation process, not questions about his dealings with indicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, that led him to ask President George W. Bush to drop his nomination. • Prettyman Courthouse Annex Open for Business Judges have begun to move into the 351,000-square-foot annex to the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse. • Engler’s NAM Evaluating Miers Under the new leadership of former Michigan Gov. John Engler, the National Association of Manufacturers got involved in the fight over Supreme Court nominations for the first time in its 110-year history. Having endorsed John Roberts Jr.’s nomination to the high court, NAM is currently in the process of evaluating President George W. Bush’s second pick, White House Counsel Harriet Miers. • Pharmaceutical Lobbying Group Against D.C. Price Law A leading pharmaceutical lobbying group is challenging a new D.C. law that makes it illegal to sell patented medicines in the city at “excessive” prices. • Left and Right Agree Attorney-Client Privilege Under Attack They make unlikely bedfellows, but last Friday, legal groups on the left and right came together with a unified message: Attorney-client privilege is under attack. • New Chief Named in Appellate Division of U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. With John Fisher, the longtime head of the appellate division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, leaving shortly to join the D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Wainstein has named Roy McLeese III as the division’s new chief. • Movement Amongst the Firms Los Angeles-based Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has long been a big name in the entertainment and media world, except when it came to Washington regulatory work. But last week the firm brought on W. Kenneth Ferree, who served as chief of the Media Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission until February.

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