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Ricky Won’t Lose That Number According to statistics released this month by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Roberts had 47 civil cases pending for more than three years as of March 31. That figure was nearly double that of the 13 other active judges on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. • Name-Dropper A law student was indicted in federal court last week on charges that he tried to impersonate an official acting for Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), for whom the student interned on Capitol Hill. • Stepping Up D.C. Chief Deputy Attorney General Eugene Adams will become acting attorney general on Nov. 6, as Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti is packing up for private practice. • Dolphine-Safe DOJ From reading the news you’d think the Justice Department only goes after big fish like Zacarias Moussaoui, Kenneth Lay, and Mark Foley. Not so. • Bad Apples – and Oranges? David Safavian lied to his agency. He lied to federal investigators, and he lied to Senate staffers. But when the former top procurement officer at the White House Office of Management and Budget stands before Judge Paul Friedman Oct. 27 he faces a steeper sentence than Rep. Robert Ney. • Gathering Dust Legislation to increase the number of D.C. Superior Court judges by three to 61 has cleared the Senate but hasn’t moved in the House, with the clock ticking toward the end of the session in December. • Billy’s Bilking A former D.C. government attorney pleaded guilty to federal charges Oct. 10 in connection with a scheme to defraud his clients in private practice.

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