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Ginsburg, O’Connor targets of death threat U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she and now-retired colleague Sandra Day O’Connor were the targets of an Internet death threat last year because of their citation of foreign law in decisions. In a speech last month at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Ginsburg suggested the threat was prompted by bills introduced by Republicans in Congress that would prohibit federal courts from referring to foreign laws or rulings in interpreting the U.S. Constitution. Ginsburg said that the office of the marshal of the court, who is in charge of security for the justices, alerted her to a Feb. 28, 2005, Web posting that began, “Okay commandoes, here is your first patriotic assignment.” She did not indicate where the Web posting appeared. Loyola University Chicago School of Law has received a $5 million gift that will go toward expanding the school’s health law institute. Donated by Bernard Beazley, a 1950 graduate of the law school, the money will establish an endowed faculty chair, fund student fellowships and expand the health law institute’s programs. Beazley is a former general counsel and senior vice president of Dentsply International Inc., a manufacturer of dental products. Subpoenas stopped in DeLay criminal case The Texas 3d Court of Appeals has ordered Travis County prosecutors to stop issuing subpoenas in the case against Representative Tom DeLay while the case is on appeal. “Because the state has obtained a stay in the proceedings . . . we hold that subpoenas may not issue compelling witnesses to testify and produce documents at the stayed proceeding,” the intermediate appellate court panel wrote last week. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle’s office has issued subpoenas seeking a wide range of records, including records of how convicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff arranged for his lobbying clients to pay for a 2000 trip to Scotland for DeLay and his wife. The Houston Chronicle reported that the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, one of Abramoff’s clients, helped pay for the trip and contributed to the DeLay-founded Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee in 2001. In 2005, a Travis County grand jury indicted DeLay for allegedly engaging in money laundering and conspiring to engage in money laundering. N.Y. sues H&R Block over retirement accounts New York filed a $250 million fraud suit last week against H&R Block Inc., charging that the nation’s largest tax-preparation service steered more than 500,000 customers into a money-losing retirement account plan. H&R Block defended the plan and said it would fight to see that it remains available to its clients “who rely on it as a helpful savings option.” It was the latest in a series of problems faced by the tax-preparation firm based in Kansas City, Mo. A number of states, including California, have sued H&R Block over its “refund anticipation loans,” which are high-interest, short-term loans given to taxpayers and repaid out of their tax refunds. Wainstein nominated for new security division The White House has nominated the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Kenneth Wainstein, to head the U.S. Department of Justice’s recently authorized National Security Division. If confirmed by the Senate, Wainstein will take charge of a division that will stand at the forefront of the government’s fight against terrorism. The 210-person division will combine prosecutors from the DOJ Criminal Division’s counterespionage and counterterrorism sections with lawyers from the department’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, the group charged with reviewing wiretapping operations under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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