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Plea Deal Leaves Unanswered Questions The most conspicuous thing about John Torkelsen’s guilty plea was what it didn’t include: a clear agreement to cooperate in the ongoing criminal probe of defunct securities class action firm Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach and its former lawyers. • WilmerHale Makes a Big Grab WilmerHale announced the addition of another big name last week as Benjamin Heineman Jr., the senior vice president for law and public affairs at General Electric Co., will join the firm part-time in February as senior counsel. • D.C. Appeals Court to Rehear Murder Case The D.C. Court of Appeals last week agreed to rehear the case of Sckeena Marbury, a D.C. woman who was convicted of first degree murder even though she did not actually kill the victim. • Exploding Bulb Provides Brief Scare at Supreme Court The Supreme Court was 40 minutes into a routine oral argument on Oct. 31, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was asking a question. Suddenly a shot rang out — or so it seemed. • Lawyers Committee Announcement Upstaged by Themselves Just after 11 a.m. last Wednesday the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs announced a “historic settlement” with only two reporters there to hear the details. The Lawyers Committee had been upstaged by a simultaneous press conference being held just a few hundred yards away on the other side of Dupont Circle by . . . the Lawyers Committee. • Labor Pains for Union-Side Labor Firm Baptiste & Wilder, a union-side labor firm and longtime outside counsel to the Teamsters, is having a bit of labor trouble of its own. • Lawyer Held in Contempt in Christian’s Court D.C. Superior Court’s Erik Christian has a reputation for being a tough judge who runs a tight ship. Recently, a lawyer with the D.C. Public Defender Service found herself in Christian’s crosshairs.

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