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Conyers Chooses Arnold & Porter as Outside Counsel in U.S. Attorney Scandal When House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) started looking outside his committee to staff its investigation into the Bush administration’s firing of eight federal prosecutors, he went no further than Arnold & Porter’s Irvin Nathan and Deloitte & Touche’s Michael Zeldin. While not among the usual talent that has surfaced in high-profile scandals of late, the pair has investigative chops. • Drug Debacle: Woodland Terrace Drug Bust Case Gets New Twist It seemed like a strange argument for convicted drug dealer Andre Ingram to make, but then again, the Woodland Terrace drug bust has been a strange case all the way around. • Absolute Immunity: Suit Dismissed Against Former D.C. Mayor Marc Jones, who served as deputy chief of staff for former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, filed a “rather unusual claim of defamation” against Williams in 2002, according to a D.C. Court of Appeals ruling last week that dismissed Jones’ suit. • Poisoned Atmosphere: Hogan Recuses in Trinidad Retrial D.C. federal Chief Judge Thomas Hogan recused himself on the first day of Colombian guerilla leader Simon Trinidad’s retrial last week, after the defense team made allegations of improper conduct. • Supreme Slapdown: High Court Protestors’ Conviction Upheld The First Amendment’s right to freedom of expression doesn’t apply on the steps or marble plaza outside the Supreme Court building, according to a D.C. Court of Appeals ruling released last week that upheld the convictions of three protesters. • Tobacco Row: Eubanks Goes After DOJ on Case Against Tobacco Industry Sharon Eubanks, the former Justice Department lawyer who led the government’s massive racketeering case against the tobacco industry, has jumped back into the public eye with a public campaign to highlight what she says was a politicized decision by the Justice Department’s top brass to seek just $10 billion, rather than $130 billion, from Big Tobacco back in 2005.

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