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Abramoff Judge Ready for Her Close-Up? In the case of fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff, it’s too early to tell how Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle will come down on the one-time king of K Street, who last week pleaded guilty before her to three felony counts of conspiracy, fraud, and tax evasion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. • Roaming Charges: Anderson Staring at Potential Extra Jail Time As if being dubbed the biggest tax cheat in U.S. history wasn’t enough, Washington telecom tycoon Walter Anderson might face additional jail time for using a contraband cell phone behind bars. • Out Foxed: Arent Fox Going After Paint Company that Hired Firm When paint company Finnaren & Haley Inc. came under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2004, it turned to Arent Fox for help. Now the firm is chasing the company as well. • Disrobed: Wonkette Blog Under New Ownership David Lat, the formerly anonymous author of the dishy Underneath Their Robes Web log, who hid behind a fake female identity online, managed to turn the federal judiciary into a font of juicy gossip is taking over the Wonkette blog that dishes gossip about the Washington political and media scene. • Eyes On the Prize: Venable Alliance Designed to Boost Diversity Venable has inked a strategic alliance with Brown & Sheehan, a 13-attorney Baltimore-based firm that touts itself as the largest minority business enterprise law firm in Maryland. • Payback Time: Former CNN Correspondent Suing Iran More than two decades after terrorists kidnapped, detained, and tortured Jerry Levin, the former CNN correspondent is seeking justice in a United States courtroom. • Hail, Maria: Ave Maria School of Law Celebrates Accreditation The Ave Maria School of Law threw itself a party on Jan. 5 at the Hay-Adams Hotel, complete with wine, cheese, and Robert Bork. The festivities marked the Catholic school’s receiving full accreditation from the American Bar Association on its fifth anniversary. • Not All Rise: Court Vacancies Bring Many Applicants According to a new report titled “How the District Gets Its Judges,” released late last month by the Council for Court Excellence, 45 to 75 people apply for each court vacancy and multiple attempts are not uncommon. On a positive note, there are plenty of opportunities to join.

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