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Dems to Query McNulty on Torture Probes Given the Justice Department’s infamous 2002 “torture memo” justifying the use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” of prisoners (since partially disavowed), can that same department be viewed as an independent prosecutor in probing cases of prisoners who are badly injured or die during U.S. interrogations? That’s a question Senate Democrats are likely to pose to acting Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty when his confirmation hearing begins Feb. 2. • Weekly Wonders: Pillsbury Loses Banking Regulatory Group to Mayer The newly merged Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has seen its share of changes in the past year, and it’s clear the firm is still in a state of flux. Last week its prized banking regulatory group jumped ship to Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. • Raskin’s Run: American University Professor to Seek Maryland Senate Seat American University constitutional law professor Jamin Raskin is an outspoken Democrat and a tireless champion for D.C. voting rights, so when he stood on his front porch last week to announce his candidacy for local office no one was surprised. But Raskin is not running in the District. • Return Policy: Firm Hires Lobby Shop Connected to Abramoff Trying to build up a client’s character by hiring a lobby shop connected to the Jack Abramoff scandal may not seem like the best legal advice. But that’s exactly what Philadelphia law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham did in December, hiring Alexander Strategy Group. • Nice Timing: Dems Pounce on Latest Judicial Nominee Democrats were quick to pounce on the judicial nomination last week of Noel Hillman, the Justice Department public integrity chief supervising the Jack Abramoff probe. • Shift Change: U.S. Attorney Office in D.C. Has New Division Heads The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District is shuffling its ranks with two new division heads. • In Lincoln’s Shadow: Civil Liberties Discussed at Ford’s Theatre Ford’s Theatre in D.C. may seem an odd venue for critiquing President George W. Bush’s domestic surveillance program. But it was a central theme at a panel discussion held there on Jan. 23 to discuss civil liberties in World War II America.

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