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After he was sentenced to death, convicted killer Joe Nixon wasted no time questioning his lawyer’s strategy to concede guilt and appeal to the mercy of the court. The question is whether Nixon had earlier doubts. Nixon claims he never signed on to his lawyer’s strategy. The Florida Supreme Court concluded that since prosecutors couldn’t prove otherwise, he should receive a new trial. But the U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday to take its own look … Segregating prisoners by race protects them, argues California AG Bill Lockyer. But the U.S. Supreme Court may have doubts. The Court has granted review to an inmate’s claim that the practice violates civil rights. Garrison S. Johnson’s claims had earlier been rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … Enron prosecutors have a new boss. Deputy task force director Andrew Weissmann, 45, took the reins Monday from DOJ attorney Leslie Caldwell. Weissman, 45, had led the grand jury investigation of ex-CFO Andrew Fastow and the obstruction prosecution of Arthur Andersen. Outgoing director Caldwell is reportedly shopping for a private practice gig … Before Bill Janklow appealed to the South Dakota Supreme Court, he appointed it — one justice at a time. The former governor’s counsel, due to go before the court today, is smart enough to see the conflict of interest and try to take advantage of it. Anticipating that the justices might recuse themselves en masse, Janklow’s counsel has asked that he be allowed to go free until a disinterested group of justices can be found. The former congressman has been in jail since Feb. 7, serving out a 100-day sentence for vehicular manslaughter. – Lori Patel

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