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Another Death at St. Elizabeths Hospital, Another Investigation An investigation into the death of a 39-year-old retarded patient at St. Elizabeths Hospital revealed a chain of failures that contributed to the Jan. 9 death of Mark Harris from a heart attack. • Caribbean Cop-out: Judge Gives Company One More Chance to Reclaim $7 Million U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth isn’t exactly convinced, but he decided to give Soulbury Ltd. one more chance to prove that online-gambling fugitive William Scott has no current relationship with the company • Flying the Coop: Federal Prosecutor to Join Arnold & Porter James Cooper will be leaving the local U.S. Attorney’s Office in May to become a partner and litigator on white-collar and government investigations. • Incest D.C.-Style: Griles Agrees to Waive Potential Lawyer Conflicts of Interests The investigation stemming from the influence-peddling deals of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff has highlighted how pervasive conflicts of interest can be in Washington. But the probe has created a host of conflicts for the lawyers as well. • Plugging the Leaks? Barbour Griffith Requests Winston & Strawn Lawyer Held in Contempt When lawyers for the lobby shop Barbour Griffith & Rogers asked a judge to hold a Winston & Strawn lawyer in contempt last week, the response was hardly tame. • Prosecuting Cops: Inquiry Requested Into Handling of Criminal Cases Against Officers Over the past few weeks, the Justice Department’s leadership has been under fire from virtually all sides. Add Johnny Sutton to the list of those feeling the heat. • Jousting on Junkets: Community Rights Counsel Asks for More Info on Judge-Participated Seminars The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the federal judiciary’s bureaucracy, has never been known to turn on a dime. But it did last week, after the Community Rights Counsel criticized the office for “slow-walking” efforts by the Judicial Conference to make the funding of judges’ participation in privately funded seminars more transparent.

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