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An Illinois judge has banned King & Spalding attorneys from his courtroom. Madison County Circuit Judge Nicholas G. Byron declared the prohibition Friday, according to a crowd of attorneys in attendance for an asbestos suit. The judge, who declined comment, was apparently lashing back at the Atlanta firm for remarks by senior counsel Griffin Bell. The former U.S. attorney general told conferencegoers at Washington University School of Law Wednesday that jurisdictions like Madison County bring a “ stain” to the judicial system. The county’s reputation for lavish judgments has earned it top billing on the American Tort Reform Association’s list of “ judicial hellholes” … Corporate pro bono work is getting a big boost from the Missouri Bar Association. The association is launching a program to match clients with whole teams of attorneys. Modeled on the Corporate Pro Bono Corporate Law Organization, the program would be the first of its kind done by a state bar association, says the Bar … “It’s a waste of money,” says Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. He and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have drafted a bill to abolish the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The lawmakers are appalled that the court’s judges will earn lifetime salaries for their 15-year appointments. They aren’t impressed by the workload, either. In a recent period, Federal Claims judges averaged less than one-tenth the number of cases worked by a typical district judge. But the cases are more complex, retorts Chief Judge Edward Damich. Other court defenders argue that lifetime salaries preserve the judges’ integrity … Double jeopardy is not an issue, the Supreme Court held Monday in a 7-2 decision, ruling that the U.S. government could bring assault charges against a man who had already been convicted for the same action in tribal court. The double jeopardy clause does not ban successive prosecutions by separate sovereigns, reasoned the Court. – Lori Patel

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