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Dems Rally to Stall D.C. Circuit Nominee Republican efforts to fast-track Peter Keisler’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit are generating election-season squabbling in the Senate. • Venable Expands Into Southern California Washington-based Venable widened its national footprint this week, opening a 20-lawyer Los Angeles outpost with lawyers from boutique litigation firms Gorry Meyer & Rudd and Whitwell Jacoby Emhoff. • In the Firms: Movement Amongst the Players Former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas) is undergoing a political rebirth at Kansas City, Mo.-based Polsinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus, plus more moves… • Tobacco Road: DOJ Accuses Interest Group of Holding E-mails The DOJ claims that a government watchdog group improperly obtained internal e-mails from its tobacco team’s computer. • Dirty Deal: Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Conviction Reversed The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed the conviction of a local criminal defense lawyer found guilty in 2003 of five felony and two misdemeanor counts of tax evasion. • Tax Break: IRS to Cut Jobs Among Its Estate and Gift Tax Lawyers The country’s wealthiest citizens had reason to smile last week, even as measures to reduce the taxes they pay when passing on their estates faced more roadblocks on Capitol Hill. • Defining Intent: First-Degree Premeditated Murder Conviction Reversed The D.C. Court of Appeals reversed a first-degree premeditated murder conviction in a decision that could have a ripple effect on similar convictions in the District.

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