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Nothing personal was the message from an unrepentant Antonin Scalia, explaining why he should hear In re Cheney, despite his duck hunting trip with the vice president. The Supreme Court justice told a group of Amherst College students that there would be no conflict because the energy task force-related suit did not target Cheney individually: “It’s acceptable practice to socialize with executive branch officials when there are not personal claims against them. That’s all I’m going to say for now. Quack, quack” … Meanwhile, the cry for Scalia’s recusal is growing louder, with newspapers from Charlotte, N.C., to Seattle joining the chorus. Even oil country papers such as the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News called on the justice to step down … Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz has been hit with a $595,000 compensatory damages judgment after a Mississippi jury concluded it gave poor advice to an insurance client. Great River Insurance Co. sued the Am Law 200 firm after it was smacked with a bad-faith judgment for denying coverage to a truck salesman involved in a post-party melee … The debate over gay marriage got an invite to visit San Francisco, as new Mayor Gavin Newsom announced his hope that the city will issue gender-neutral licenses, in defiance of state law. Also this week, State Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, plans to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage across the state … Full-time faculty can’t unionize, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ruled. In a case involving Tennessee’s LeMoyne-Owen College, the court found that professors have “managerial status” and therefore are excluded from organizing. The ruling reversed a decision by the National Labor Relations Board. – Lori Patel

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