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Former PhRMA Accounting Director Arrested on Embezzlement Charges The former accounting director for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) was arrested last Monday on charges of embezzling more than $223,000 from the trade association. She may have wired some of the proceeds to buy property in Jamaica, according to court documents. • Jack’s Big House: DOJ Prosecutors Recommend Where Abramoff Goes to Jail Jack Abramoff is due to report to prison Nov. 15, and last week, Justice Department prosecutors in Miami, in consultation with Abramoff’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke, made a recommendation as to where his new home should be. • Well, It Is A Constituent Fund: Investigation Ongoing in Constituent Service Fund Fraud Police are investigating a young woman in connection with $5,000 missing from the constituent-service fund of D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D). • Surprise! Another Secret Database: Suit Filed Against FBI Database The National Security Agency isn’t the only arm of the government to compile a massive, secretive database with information on American citizens. The FBI has also been rapidly expanding its Investigative Data Warehouse, which the bureau says now contains nearly 700 million records. • If You Want Something Done Right: Longstanding D.C. Precedent Could be Undermined A D.C. Court of Appeals decision last week could undermine a 62-year-old District precedent that trial judges are not required to modify requested jury instructions that are erroneous or misleading. • Long Distance Madam?: Woman Challenges Search of Home A California woman is challenging a police search of her home in connection with an investigation into an illegal prostitution ring in the D.C. area. • Akin Gump’s Fancy New Manhattan Digs In August, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld leased the largest block within the new Bank of America tower that is not reserved for the bank itself. • Howard University Hits an Election Cycle Home Run The upcoming local election cycle looks very promising for an area law school that counts the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall among its alumni.

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