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John Ashcroft: The former attorney general pulls in big money on K Street, and his reputation soars in the wake of the Gonzo mess. Unfortunately, “Let the Eagle Soar” still widely available on YouTube. Kenneth Wainstein: One of the few Justice officials to survive the purge with his reputation intact. Yet as the year closed, his name popped up in the CIA tapes imbroglio. Linda Singer: The D.C. attorney general resigned after just 11 months. On the plus side, she gets out of D.C. government after just 11 months. Federal judges: The Supreme Court upholds their sentencing powers, and they may get their first pay raise in 20 years. Still, they may have to stay on the bench longer to get cushy retirement benefits. DLA Piper: It’s a global colossus — just in time for a recession. Legal commentators: The legal troubles of O.J. Simpson, Paris Hilton, and Britney Spears kept their mugs on the air. Sadly, it looks like Lindsay Lohan may be cleaning up her act. Bush’s lawyers: From Miers to Gonzales, they were accused of all sorts of nastiness, but big money in private practice still beckons. Billy Martin: He repped Michael Vick and Larry Craig, yet somehow Martin wins even when his clients lose. Patrick Leahy: The Vermont Democrat returns to head powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, and loses battles over Michael Mukasey nomination and FISA reform. Global warming practices: They’re hot — but who’ll care about them after the planet shrivels?

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