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Booting underperforming partners just got a whole lot easier for Clifford Chance. TheLawyer.com reports that firm lawyers have voted overwhelmingly to lower the 85 percent majority presently required to expel partners. The firm reportedly endorsed further constitutional changes, including giving management power to freeze or demote partners … Ramon Torres wanted a lawyer with him during his immigration hearing. The Department of Homeland Security refused. So Torres, with the help of Seattle immigration attorney Christopher Strawn, has filed suit. The first-of-its-kind suit tests immigrants’ right to counsel during deferred inspections, a type of proceeding that can lead to imprisonment or deportation … Raymond Wood admitted killing four of his children and his pregnant wife, but that confession must be suppressed, a Missouri appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the confession was tainted because it was made to a sheriff’s deputy who had also served as the defendant’s family minister … The Supreme Court washed its hands of an Everglades pollution case Tuesday, dodging a chance to rule on the federal government’s power to regulate clean water. The court sent the dispute between the government-backed South Florida Water Management District and the Miccosukee Indians back to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … A porn star with a law degree has drawn unusual interest to the proceedings of a Pennsylvania court. Penthouse Pet of the Year Victoria Zdrok was due in Chester County Court on Tuesday to try to finalize a settlement with her disbarred ex-husband Alexander Zdrok. Mr. Zdrok, former counsel to Mafia boss John Stanfa, accuses his ex-wife of hiding her porn proceeds. Ms. Zdrok was left to scramble for representation after her former attorney, Steven L. Sloca, was banned from the courtroom for failing to pay a local lawyer. Ms. Zdrok says she opted out of a legal career because she was unimpressed by the profit margins. – Lori Patel

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