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A lawyer/cigar smuggler’s freedom went up in smoke Wednesday: Chicago attorney Richard “Mick” Connors was sentenced to over three years in federal prison for “trading with the enemy” — i.e., smuggling thousands of Cuban cigars into the U.S. and reselling them during the ’90s cigar fad. The judge, noting Connors’ familiarity with ways to flee the country, ordered him into custody immediately … A proposed national ID card allowing extensive records to be kept and tracked on individuals has run into problems in the UK. Britain’s Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, says the amount of information in the cards’ database — including biometric data — would be taking things an unprecedented step too far, not to mention the fact that that much data would be a “very, very attractive proposition for criminals” … Lea Fastow won’t do time at “Club Fed.” The wife of former Enron CFO Andrew Fastow learned Tuesday that she’ll spend her yearlong prison sentence in Houston’s Federal Detention Center, rather than in a campuslike minimum-security facilty — which means a grim and confining sojourn working a menial job for 12 to 40 cents an hour, with few privileges and maximim security treatment … Two news organizations have filed motions to quash subpoenas issued by a special prosecutor investigating the leak of a covert CIA officer’s identity. Subpoenaed in the matter, which concerns Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA operative married to former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson — a critic of the Bush administration’s Iraq policy — were Tim Russert, of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and Time reporter Matt Cooper. Due to DOJ guidelines requiring exhaustion of all other avenues of inquiry first, the move to seek journalists’ testimony may mean the investigation is near completion. –Lydia Markoff

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