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Confessions Thrown Out in Rwandan Murder Case The government’s death penalty case against three Rwandan men who confessed to the murder of two American tourists is on the verge of collapse. • Big Brother: Prisoner Project Merges With Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs With only three staffers and a huge agenda advocating for prisoners’ rights, the D.C. Prisoners’ Legal Services Project has decided to merge with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. • Monty’s Move: Wilkinson Leaves U.S. Attorney’s Office For Troutman Sanders Monty Wilkinson cleaned out his desk last week at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he served as executive assistant U.S. attorney for management since 2001. But there will be some familiar faces at his new job at Troutman Sanders. • Pass the Hat: D.C. Attorney General’s Office Has Budget Issues D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams may have found a way to pull the city’s budget out of the red, but the Office of the D.C. Attorney General seems to have run into enough of a shortfall this year that attorneys have been forced to put some litigation on hold. • Start Googling: Judge Remands Case on Access to Corruption Probe Audiotapes Last week, Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit flung a dart at the FBI’s FOIA office in its long-running dispute with author John Davis. • Second Chances: Safavian’s Request For New Trial Appears to Fail A former White House official convicted of lying to federal investigators about his ties to notorious ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff appeared to fall short last week of convincing a federal judge that he deserves a new trial. • Holding the Line: Lawyers Team Up to Get NFL Suit Dismissed Two lawyers normally at odds in court have teamed up to fight a $20 million suit filed by by seven current and former National Football League players.

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