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Thwarted Plot Adds to DOJ’s Impatience Reports that the British government had thwarted a planned attack on trans-Atlantic flights last week sent U.S. officials scrambling to tighten domestic security. But one Justice Department official left out of the mix was Kenneth Wainstein, the nominee to head the DOJ’s planned National Security Division. • Soul Asylum: Immigration Judges Granting Asylum at Extraordinarily Disparate Rates “Equal Justice Under Law” may be inscribed over the U.S. Supreme Court, but when it comes to the nation’s immigration judges, it would appear justice is meted out in wildly varying ways. • In and Out: DLA Piper Loses Partner John Veroneau is headed back to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative after a brief sojourn as a partner in the D.C. office of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. • Cold-Calling Cutler: Jessica Has a New Attorney It might seem that after three lawyers terminated their representations of Jessica Cutler, she would have trouble finding legal counsel. Instead she had an attorney knocking at her door. • Katten’s Catch: Firm Picks Up Patton Boggs Partner Just two months after overhauling its management structure, Patton Boggs is facing another series of partner defections. • Cutting the Deficit: Judge Throws Out Challenge to Constitutionality of Deficit Bill Public Citizen challenged the constitutionality of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 as a clerk’s error led the House and Senate to vote on different drafts of the legislation. • Targeting Thompson: ABA Takes on DOJ Memo The American Bar Association last week issued a policy statement objecting to the Department of Justice policy of urging companies under criminal investigation to cut off the payment of legal fees to their employees.

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