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Calif. lawmaker slashes new judge slots in half Angered by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent judicial picks, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu�ez last week unexpectedly slashed next year’s funding for 50 new judgeships to just 25. The move, made quietly by Democrats in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, blindsided the judiciary lobby, which had negotiated 50 new judgeships into the budget signed by the governor. Nu�ez spokesman Steven Maviglio said only that “there isn’t enough money to go around, and the speaker continues to be discouraged by failure of the Schwarzenegger administration to make appointments that reflect the diversity of California.” Judge finds deception by tobacco companies A federal judge ruled last week that the nation’s top cigarette makers violated racketeering laws, deceiving the public for years about the health hazards of smoking, but said she couldn’t order them to pay the billions of dollars the government had sought. Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia did order the companies to publish in newspapers and on their Web sites “corrective statements” on the adverse health effects of smoking. She also ordered tobacco companies to stop labeling cigarettes as “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light” or “mild.” Locke Liddell names new managing partner Jerry k. Clements, chairwoman of Locke Liddell & Sapp’s litigation section, will become the Texas firm’s new managing partner on Jan. 1, 2007. Current managing partner Bryan Goolsby, a corporate partner in Dallas, will give up his managing partner duties. Goolsby, managing partner since 2001, will remain chairman of the firm’s nine-member management committee. Clements, who practices in Dallas, said Goolsby wanted to step down as managing partner, and the management committee decided to separate the managing partner job from the chairmanship in an effort to persuade Goolsby to stay on in a management role. Clements said that as managing partner she will have day-to-day responsibility for managing the firm, and Goolsby’s role as chairman will be more advisory and strategic. Judge: policy excludes Katrina flood damage A federal judge ruled last week that a Mississippi Gulf Coast couple cannot collect damages from storm surge caused by Hurricane Katrina because their Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. policy clearly excluded coverage for flooding. Had the couple prevailed, the case could have set a precedent for hundreds of other court challenges to the insurance industry for denying billions of dollars in claims after the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane ravaged the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi. U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. said Paul and Julie Leonard could be compensated for water damage to their Pascagoula home that they could prove was the result of high winds, however. Wiretapping program unlawful, U.S. judge rules A federal judge ruled last week that the government’s warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it. U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency’s program, which she said violates the rights to free speech and privacy as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution. “Plaintiffs have prevailed, and the public interest is clear, in this matter. It is the upholding of our Constitution,” Taylor wrote. The American Civil Liberties Union had sued on behalf of journalists, scholars and lawyers who say the program has made it difficult for them to do their jobs. They believe many of their overseas contacts are likely targets of the program.

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