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Taking a cue from its former colony, England is making plans to create a Supreme Court. Its chief motivation: to widen the separation of powers. Currently, the nation’s highest-ranking judges, called Law Lords, also hold seats in the House of Lords. The new court, initially staffed by the Law Lords, would cut ties to parliament. Eventually, new justices would be appointed through an independent commission. The 12-person Supreme Court would be the final court of appeal for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as the final civil court of appeal for Scotland … “I always knew I would be caught,” said former Maryland attorney John Robert Sullivan, who pocketed personal checks for his work. The disbarred attorney will spend six months in jail for defrauding Long, Badger and Robertson, where he had been a partner since 1995 … A district attorney’s apology provided the key to settling a federal suit against him. Waller County, Texas, DA Oliver Kitzman also agreed to meet regularly with a chapter of the NAACP and to create an internship in his office for a student from historically black college Prairie View A&M. Kitzman, who is white, had landed in trouble for advising county election officials that the college students might not meet state residency requirements for voting … Count the widow of Bermuda legal pioneer William R. Kempe among those unimpressed by his old firm’s pending name change. Fifteen months after Kempe’s death, Appleby Spurling & Kempe is dropping his name to make room for newly merged Caymans firm Hunter & Hunter. Beginning April 1, the firm will be known as Appleby Spurling Hunter, as the much-offended Mrs. Kempe says she learned when she tuned into the 7 o’clock news. – Lori Patel

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