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Ruling Hampers Lawyer Discipline in D.C. The D.C. Office of Bar Counsel, which prosecutes lawyer misconduct, remains in limbo after a D.C. Court of Appeals ruling in November made it tougher to bring discipline cases based on investigations by disciplinary boards in other states. • Ex-Con Bill Busted: Barry Blames Lobby Groups for Veto D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) said former Mayor Anthony Williams caved to pressure from business lobby groups with his last-minute veto of Barry’s bill to create a protected class for ex-convicts under the D.C. Human Rights Act. • Signed: Morrison Tapped as Special Counsel in D.C. AG Office After less than two weeks in office, D.C. Acting Attorney General Linda Singer already has made her first high-profile hire, tapping Alan Morrison, a longtime Supreme Court advocate and co-founder and former director of the D.C.-based Public Citizen Litigation Group, as special counsel. • Deadline Rage: Urbina Threatens Sanctions in Drug Dealer Appeal Missing one deadline might be excusable. But after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia asked for a second extension to respond to an appeal from a convicted drug dealer, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina had had enough. • Is That A Threat? No Love for Detainee Defense Bar The Defense Department may be letting lawyers meet with prisoners held at Guant�namo Bay, Cuba, but comments from a top Pentagon official last week made clear there’s not much love for the detainee defense bar. • Conserving Energy: Two of Bush’s 4th Circuit Picks Withdraw If there’s any federal circuit that conservatives are eager to keep, well, conservative, it’s the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which hears many of the country’s most important terrorism cases. That may explain why the Bush administration was finally ready last week to concede the obvious… • Hitting the Box: D.C. Superior Court Sentences Within the Guidelines An analysis of nearly 5,500 sentences delivered in D.C. Superior Court from 2004 to 2006 found that 89 percent of them fell “inside the box,” meaning they complied with voluntary sentencing guidelines established by the D.C. Sentencing Commission, according to the commission’s 2006 annual report, released last month.

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