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DON’T BE MISLED: A MUTUAL FUND S NOT THE SAME AS A MUTUAL FUND COMPANY To the editor: Tony Mauro, in his recent article “Judicial Ethics Draw Increased Scrutiny” [Jan. 30, 2006, Page 12], includes this sentence: “But if the mutual fund company itself is a party before the judge, �he has a disqualifying interest,’ according to a 2005 textbook on professional responsibility co-authored by George Mason University School of Law professor Ronald Rotunda.” Please note that the purported quotation from my book is inaccurate. My book says that if the mutual fund is a party, and the judge owns an interest in that fund, he must disqualify himself. In fact, I made that same point in my letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, at Pages 8-9: “For example, if the litigant asks the judge to rule that Vanguard was misleading the investors in charging fees in the Vanguard XYZ Fund, and the judge has an interest in the XYZ Fund, he should disqualify himself.” Mr. Mauro mistakenly changes my language from “mutual fund” to “mutual fund company,” and then suggests that there may be an inconsistency between something I did not write and something I did write. An interest in a particular mutual fund (e.g., the Vanguard 500 Index Fund) is not the same as an interest in the Vanguard Group. Ronald D. Rotunda George Mason University School of Law Arlington, Va.
A BIG PIZZA PIE, THAT’S AMORE To the editor: To the son of lifelong Trentonians, weaned on De Lorenzo’s “tomato pies,” who has endured the mediocrity of most Washington-area pizza and the pricey gourmet/Euro pretensions of its few decent outposts, and as someone who has struggled for years to convince know-it-all New Yorkers and other pizza pretenders of De Lorenzo’s bona fides, your article was like a warming breeze in the depths of January [ "Alito's Tomato Pie Philosophy," Jan. 30, 2006, Page 24]. Thanks for the validation. Robert D. Litowitz Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, D.C.

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