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Specter Bill Seeks to Alter DOJ Corporate Fraud Investigations In an attempt to pressure the Justice Department to alter the way it investigates corporate fraud, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.), the outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, formally introduced legislation aimed at preventing prosecutors from forcing companies to waive the attorney-client privilege in order to avoid indictment. • They’re Back: Libya in Court Over Trademark Violations A Nov. 30 lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arab American Chamber of Commerce member Ahmad Miski, claims Miski’s domain names, which advertise visa services for Libya, are trademark violations. • Benched: Former Superior Court Clerk Could Return as Judge Heidi Pasichow is now poised to return to Superior Court as a judge after the White House appointed her last week to fill a slot vacated by the appointment of former Superior Court Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby to the D.C. Court of Appeals. • Pro Cons: D.C. Council Approves Bill Against Ex-Con Discrimination Ex-convicts would be protected from employment, housing, and educational discrimination as the newest protected class in the D.C. Human Rights Act under a bill the D.C. Council unanimously approved on first reading last week. • Keeping Quiet: Draft of Military Commissions Rules Under Tight Wraps An early draft of the rules on how the Department of Defense will conduct military commissions for some of the detainees held at Guantánamo Bay have been finished, but so far the Pentagon and the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel are keeping the draft tightly under wraps as they try to hammer out revisions. • Another Shot: Hemphill Looking for a New Trial Gwendolyn Hemphill fought mightily over her 23-count conviction for her role in bilking nearly $5 million from the Washington Teachers’ Union. But more than six months after the union official was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to 11 years in prison, she’s aiming for a new trial. • Lobby Looted: Felony Count Faces Former Federation of American Hospitals’ Controller The former controller at the Federation of American Hospitals was charged last week in connection with a scheme to embezzle approximately $377,000 from the Washington-based trade association, according to court filings.

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