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DOJ Environmental Official Bought Vacation Home With Oil Lobbyist Steven Griles is not the only energy lobbyist with whom Sue Ellen Wooldridge had contact. Last March, Wooldridge, Griles, and Donald Duncan, a lobbyist and senior executive for ConocoPhillips, jointly purchased a $980,000 condominium on Kiawah Island, S.C., according to property records. • D.C. Bar Decides Conflict Policy in Private The 23-member board was going to discuss and vote on a proposed conflict-of-interest policy for its pro bono program. But why was the discussion closed to the public? • Tickets To Ride: Speeding and Red-Light Cameras Constitutional The D.C. Court of Appeals has struck down a constitutional challenge of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s speeding and red-light cameras, which have raked in more than $125 million in fines since the program started in 2001. • The Last to Know: Arnold & Porter Tells Associates About Raise Arnold & Porter would like everyone to know they raised pay for first-year associates to $145,000. Well, everyone except the associates. • Poor Performance: Hearings Held on Dismissal of Seven U.S. Attorneys It was obvious that Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee viewed the title of the committee’s Feb. 6 hearing — “Is the Department of Justice Politicizing the Hiring and Firing of U.S. Attorneys?” — as a rhetorical question. But a better question might have been: When have such decisions not been politicized? • Checking Out: Defections From Gilbert Heintz Headed to Kelley Drye Some big names are defecting from Gilbert Heintz & Randolph. Name partner John Heintz and partners August Matteis, Richard Milone, and Donna Wilson are leaving to join Kelley Drye Collier Shannon’s D.C. office. • Spread the Wealth: Iraq Military Contractors Focus of Congressional Hearing A number of military contractors working in Iraq found themselves in the unwelcome spotlight of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week. The focus of the hearing: the killing of four Blackwater USA security contractors by a mob in Fallujah in 2004. • Culture Clash: Misunderstanding Results in Reversal of Sexual-Abuse Conviction D.C. Superior Court Judge Zinora Mitchell-Rankin’s fumbled attempt at understanding El Salvadoran culture has resulted in the reversal of a misdemeanor sexual-abuse conviction.

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