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An Army intelligence agent’s visit to the University of Texas law school in Austin has fueled concern among civil rights groups that the Army could be moving into domestic intelligence gathering. The officer demanded a video of a recent academic conference in order to identify what he described as “three Middle Eastern men” who had made “suspicious” remarks to Army counsel, the school’s dean of student affairs told the Wall Street Journal. The incident was one of several the Journal cited to indicate that the army may be violating the Posse Comitatus Act, the post-Civil War measure that prohibits the military from executing domestic law … A business law firm based in Minneapolis is enjoying 15 seconds of fame. And why not? It’s paying for the time. Leonard, Street and Deinard says it is the area’s first corporate law firm to advertise on television. The 180-lawyer firm says clients encouraged it to market on the tube, saying that’s where they run their ads, too … Count Seattle firm Ogden Murphy Wallace among those who wish they’d never heard of Znetix. The firm agreed last week to pay up to $15 million to settle legal malpractice claims stemming from its work for former client Znetix, the supposed medical and fitness company that drained investors of $100 million before it was revealed as a fake. Znetix founder Kevin L. Lawrence has been sentenced to 20 years for felony fraud. The trial of Ogden Murphy Wallace had been due to begin in May … The next legal challenge to Roe v. Wade could come from South Dakota. Gov. Mike Rounds vetoed an abortion ban Tuesday, but made clear that the bill is one tweak away from becoming law. The governor wanted the bill to make clear that the state’s existing abortion restrictions would remain in place during the proposed law’s expected court challenges. – Lori Patel

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