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Lawyers Take Amtrak for a Ride Amtrak may not be making money, but its lawyers sure are. According to a report last week by the Amtrak Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, the government-subsidized rail system mismanaged more than $100 million in legal bills paid to law firms. • The D.C. Bar Blinks: Sitcov Reinstated After Lengthy Spat A protracted battle between a Department of Justice official and the D.C. Bar came to a close this month when the bar agreed to retroactively reinstate Michael Sitcov, whose law license was suspended in 2002 for failing to pay his dues. • Too Late: Safavian Sentenced to 18 Months David Safavian wept as he pleaded with Judge Paul Friedman to go lightly on him during a sentencing hearing at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Oct. 27. After five and a half hours of arguments and testimony, Friedman sentenced Safavian to 18 months in prison. • Tapped Out: Chief of DOJ Office of Intelligence Policy and Review Steps Down James Baker, the chief of the Justice Department’s 133-person Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, is looking for a new job. • Jemal’s Juror Issue: Juror Excused Due to Reading and Writing Problem The verdict in the case against the three officials at Douglas Development Corp. came back Oct. 26 after just two days of deliberation. But the speed of the jury’s response was not quite as clear during the first morning of jury discussions. • Little Old Ladies: Scalia and Alito Take Issue With Media During Panel Discussion The discussion between U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito Jr. on Oct. 21 came across in some press reports as an anti-media screed, but it really was a mellower affair. • Close to Home: Roberts Names New Deputy Director in Administrative Office Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. is continuing to bring new blood into the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Jill Sayenga, 52, is filling the key position of deputy director of the sprawling judicial agency.

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