Tag Archives: lawyers

  heads will roll

‘The Lawyers, However, Are Another Story’

Well thanks for clearing that up, “administration officials”! On Sunday Rahm Emanuel suggested that “those who devised policy” around torture wouldn’t be prosecuted, but by yesterday other Obama people were rushing to walk that one back. What he meant, apparently, was that officials who ordered the torture shouldn’t be prosecuted, but the lawyers who devised the legal rationale maybe could. Read more on ‘The Lawyers, However, Are Another Story’…
  quitters

NORM COLEMAN’S LAWYER IS ‘DONE,’ SOMEHOW: Joe Friedberg, Norm Coleman’s recount attorney, tells Hotline, “Yes, I’m done,” after being asked if he is “done.” It is not clear whether this means he’s quitting, but it does mean that maybe someday, in 2025 or something, Norm Coleman’s legal challenges to his lost 2008 election will be over. [Hotline] Read more on …
  this guy again

Blago’s Head Attorney Quits, Because Client Is Insane

Attorney Edward Genson has abruptly quit his role leading the Gov. Blago defense team two days before the idiot’s impeachment trial begins in the Illinois Senate. Instead of listing the standard “personal reasons” or a professional conflict of interest, Genson cites that JESUS CHRIST HOW DO YOU WORK WITH THIS IDIOT: “I never require a client to do what I say, but I do require them to at least listen.” Read more on Blago’s Head Attorney Quits, Because Client Is Insane…
  trooper pooper

‘Troopergate’ Investigation To Wrap Up Before Anyone Involved Testifies

For further proof of just how bumblefuck a state Alaska is, look no further than the ease with which a couple of lawyers for the McCain campaign have destroyed the Troopergate investigation — which was a legitimate issue in Alaska for a while! — after half-assedly skimming off a few handy topic sentences from the Alaskan law code. Todd Palin and several other witnesses were subpoenaed to testify this morning, but no one bothered to show up, and the investigators don’t give a shit. And now the Alaskan legislator in charge of the investigation has announced that the probe will end, as originally scheduled, on October 10, without these key witness reports, cuz whatcha gonna do? Read more on ‘Troopergate’ Investigation To Wrap Up Before Anyone Involved Testifies…
  electoral high school

Which State Will Host This Election’s Worst Voting Debacle?

Every four years, a mysterious combination of negligence, incompetence, fraud, and criminality conspire to make a single state responsible for getting some doofus into the White House. In 2000, Florida took the honor; in 2004, it was Ohio. And every four years, Hendrik Hertzberg writes angry editorials about how the whole electoral college should be bombed from space as a Republican takes office yet again. So which state will we be able to blame when Sarah Palin is hastily sworn in as America’s 45th president after John McCain expires from gout and agues in the spring of 2009? Read more on Which State Will Host This Election’s Worst Voting Debacle?…
  the modern blended family

Magnificently Awkward Living Arrangements Took Key Role In Edwards Sex Cover-Up

One of the weirder angles on the John Edwards Sex Scandal is the part where the guy who says he’s Rielle Hunter’s baby daddy, Andrew Young, has to live in the same weird compound (OK FINE A “GATED COMMUNITY”) in North Carolina as Rielle Hunter, and then they all have to move to California, together, with their families, including Mrs. Young and their three children, because they are all in a terrible sex-induced Witness Protection Program. Read more on Magnificently Awkward Living Arrangements Took Key Role In Edwards Sex Cover-Up…
  high stakes electoral drama

McCain Campaign Very Creatively Plays Gender Card

Today in the exciting world of horse race politics: Obama lawyer tries to sneak into McCain lawyer conference call, gets rejected, is called sexist — and obvious political motives glue each development together! Jesus, this must be “Friday Night At The Movies” for Mark Halperin ‘n’ pals. Read more on McCain Campaign Very Creatively Plays Gender Card…
 

There’s nothing we can add to this: “A magazine published by the American Bar Association on Wednesday named former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales its Lawyer of the Year for 2007 — mostly for creating so much controversial news.The ABA Journal also picked Attorney General Michael Mukasey — Gonzales’ successor — to be its lawyer of the year for 2008 because he has to deal with the problems left when Gonzales resigned under fire last fall.” [AP] Read more on …
 

Wonkette Does Its Homework

Yesterday, we posted a fairly testy letter from former gossip columnist and all-time dog enthusiast Karen Feld. One of the many things she took issue with was our post earlier this month calling attention to her appearance on the guest list for the Institute for Fiduciary Education’s Leadership Award Dinner, on which Feld was listed with a media affiliation (Washington Post) that Feld is not actually affiliated with. Ms. Feld wrote: Read more on Wonkette Does Its Homework…
 

We Get Letters: Karen Feld Edition

Former Examiner gossip and queen-of-all-media Karen Feld has a small bone to pick with Wonkette. So she sat right down and wrote a letter to our bosses. It’s reprinted in its entirety after the jump, but here’s the gist: What documentation does he have that I suffer from dementia? And that I am a dog abuser? Pareene gets a stern, rambling talking-to, after the jump. Read more on We Get Letters: Karen Feld Edition…
 

Former Gawker Media Employee Finds Work

Welcome back to the internet Mr. David Lat, former federal prosecutor, anonymous blogger, and, yes, co-proprietor of this very site. Mr. Lat is back in the warm, tubular embrace of the blogosphere with Elizabeth Spiers’ brand new legal weblog, “Above the Law” (rejected name: “Barely Legal”). Read more on Former Gawker Media Employee Finds Work…
 

Remainders: Pretty Good For A Girl

Sweet old lady hates Bush so much she works a room of children into a murderous rage. Grandma’s Militia now on terrorist watch list. [The Australian] Terrorist watch list isn’t what it used to be though. [Pandagon] Read more on Remainders: Pretty Good For A Girl…
 

Paging Jessica Cutler

Last month we updated you on the apparent difficulties that Jessica Cutler, a.k.a. Washingtonienne, has been encountering in paying her lawyers. Those difficulties persist. On Friday, Judge Paul Friedman, who is presiding over the invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Cutler, ordered the following: [O]n or before July 7, 2006, defendant Jessica Cutler must personally respond in writing to her counsel’s motion to withdraw and/or advise the Court of her retention of new counsel or her intention to proceed pro se. The judge issued this order after Cutler failed to respond to her lawyer’s motion to withdraw (for nonpayment of fees). So Jessica, if you’re out there reading this, please get back to the court — ASAP. Personally, we would give multiple body parts to watch Jessica Cutler represent herself. It would be the greatest pro se performance since Anna Nicole Smith. We suspect Judge Friedman would become very sympathetic to Cutler after having an ex parte conference with her in chambers. For all you law geeks out there, the text of the full order appears after the jump. Read more on Paging Jessica Cutler…
 

An Evening With Justice Alito: A Photo Essay

No, this isn’t a Benetton ad. Left to right: Grant Vinik; Jeannie Rhee; Jessie Liu; Justice Samuel Alito (duh); Robin Meriweather; and Anna-Marie Roop. Last night, one-half of Wonkette attended the annual dinner of the Yale Law School Assocation of Washington, DC, at the National Press Club. The dinner honored Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Yale Law School class of 1975, the newest member of the Supreme Court. The proceedings were declared off the record, so we can’t tell you about Justice Alito’s thoughtful, erudite, and highly entertaining remarks. Nor can we share with you the fantastic conversations we had over dinner, at a star-studded table. All the journalists — and quasi-journalists — had to put away our notebooks for the night. But no one said anything about cameras. So we took lots of photographs of the assembled legal luminaries — such as the picture shown above, in which Justice Alito “strikes a pose,” looking like a general about to head into battle. Additional pictures — including photos of the evening’s other celebrity, Sen. Arlen Specter, Yale Law School class of 1956 — appear after the jump. (These are amateur photos; please don’t mistake them for the work of Liz Gorman.) Read more on An Evening With Justice Alito: A Photo Essay…
 

Daily Briefing: An Abundance of Ambiguity

Delayed discovery of three detainee suicides at Guantanamo Bay raises questions concerning whether regulations for supervision of prisoners were followed. Army general compares the suicides to the 9/11 attacks. [NYT; WP] Read more on Daily Briefing: An Abundance of Ambiguity…
 

Remainders: Do You Hear What I Hear?

* “Podfisking,” it’s all the rage. [Andrew Sullivan] * Speaking of sound editors, Fox News Radio should probably hire one. [FishbowlDC] * The cute naked protesters are only the harbingers of the great naked kerchiefed running of the future! [Running of the Nudes] Read more on Remainders: Do You Hear What I Hear?…
 

Jessica Cutler: Oops, She Did It Again

Slept with a bunch of people and blogged about it? Actually, no. She’s about to lose the legal services of the attorney representing her in Steinbuch v. Cutler — for the third time. Back in April, attorney William Bode, who had been representing Jessica Cutler, withdrew (hehe) as her counsel in the case. There was some speculation as to why Bode withdrew, which he denied to the media. Now Jessica’s latest lawyer, John Umana — who, by the way, is a “leading proponent of intelligent design,” as reported by the Legal Times — wants out. Unlike Bode, Umana has spelled out the reason for his withdrawal, and it’s the oldest reason in the book: nonpayment of fees. (The text of his motion to withdraw, which one of you helpfully forwarded to us, appears after the jump.) This is not the first time Jessica has had problems paying her lawyers: Umana, for example, is Cutler’s third attorney in a little more than a year. Her original lawyers, Thomas Wilson and Alexander Vincent of Washington’s Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, sued Cutler last month in D.C. Superior Court, claiming she owed them $54,271.19. Cutler had already paid $35,000, they said. Where did all the money go — the Playboy payment, the six-figure book advance, the HBO dough? Jessica’s website, where she solicits PayPal donations, hints at the answer: “Please — I need money for slutty clothes and drugs!” But even the biggest cokehead/connoisseuse of slutty fashions would have a hard time burning through the cash Jessica has accumulated since she emerged as Washingtonienne. Sounds like someone could use a visit from Suze Orman. Read more on Jessica Cutler: Oops, She Did It Again…
 

Robert Steinbuch Is Searching for Jessica Cutler’s True Spanker

Now, courtesy of the Legal Times, a quick update on a case that’s far more interesting than Enron: Steinbuch v. Cutler. The article speaks for itself — res ipsa loquitur — and it’s well worth reading in its entirety. If you’re wondering about whether Steinbuch has a case and what Jessica’s best defenses are, they’re laid out in the piece, which features analysis from law professor and blogger Daniel Solove (among others). Here’s our favorite excerpt, proving that truth can be stranger than fiction: It’s hard to know why anyone would care to set the record straight about whether he is able to ejaculate with or without a condom or whether he likes to spank or be spanked. But [Steinbuch attorney Jonathan] Rosen says that’s exactly what Steinbuch intends to do. “There are graphic and intimate details which are not true,” he said in a telephone interview. “Those are facts that are going to be litigated.” To summarize the Legal Times piece: Steinbuch v. Cutler represents Robert Steinbuch’s attempt to clear his name. He wants the world to know that he’s good in bed. Really good. Very well, Professor Steinbuch: you’re GREAT in bed. There, it’s established. It has been printed. In a blog. Boy, that was an easy problem to solve. Did you really have to go make a federal case out of it? A Man Scorned [Legal Times] (For those of you who can’t get enough of Jessica Cutler, we share a random story about a reading she did last month in New York, after the jump. Note: It’s not for the squeamish.) Read more on Robert Steinbuch Is Searching for Jessica Cutler’s True Spanker…
 

Special Prosecutors: They’re Only Human

And sometimes they engage in stupid, even criminal, conduct: The former federal prosecutor who succeeded Kenneth Starr as independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation turned himself in yesterday on a charge of stalking a former companion, the police said. The man, Robert W. Ray, 46, of Long Branch, N.J., surrendered to the police in Manhattan. Read more on Special Prosecutors: They’re Only Human…
 

The Roberts Court Is In Touch With Its Feelings

John G. Roberts’s metrosexual style was the subject of much comment during his confirmation hearings as Chief Justice. And now that he’s presiding over the Court as Chief Justice, he has brought a kinder and gentler sensibility to its proceedings. Linda Greenhouse, doing her best impression of Elisabeth Bumiller (or maybe even Robin Givhan), reports: This is the week that the Supreme Court, done with its regular argument sessions, enters the stretch run. While it is too soon for substantive appraisals of the first year of the Roberts court, it is not too soon for stylistic observations about what is clearly, in the view of lawyers who have appeared there this term, a different court… In common with every other Supreme Court specialist contacted for this article, [Georgetown] Professor [Richard] Lazarus listed several obvious changes. “They’re not stepping on each other,” he said of the justices. “They take longer before someone asks the first question. They give the lawyers more time to answer.” [A] different dynamic seems to prevail throughout entire arguments. With justices sitting back and allowing colleagues to ask follow-up questions, and with lawyers given an actual chance to answer, there is a new coherence and civility to the sessions. Well isn’t that special. The justices are now so… polite! “Oh goodness, Ruthie, I’m sorry I interrupted you!” “Not at all, Nino, I was pretty much done — you go right ahead!” Additional reflections appear after the jump. Read more on The Roberts Court Is In Touch With Its Feelings…
 

Check James Myart’s Back for Cell-Phone Shaped Bruises, Please

Cynthia McKinney gets carded. Her hairstyle may be different, but her FACE has not CHANGED. Got that, motherfucker? Here’s a quick update on what one of our favorite Members of Congress has been up to lately: Read more on Check James Myart’s Back for Cell-Phone Shaped Bruises, Please…
 

Mary McCarthy: Maybe Not the CIA Leaker, But Still Really Annoying

Mary O. McCarthy, the former CIA officer who was fired last week, is denying that she leaked classified information. More specifically, McCarthy claims that she did not provide Dana Priest of the Washington Post with information about CIA prison camps in Eastern Europe. So it looks like Mary McCarthy may not be the CIA officer whose leak generated a Pulitzer for the Post. But she’s still extremely irritating to be around, according to former law school classmates of hers. After we posted McCarthy’s law school facebook picture yesterday, a reader emailed us: That picture HAS to be from the Georgetown Law facebook, right? What year did/will she graduate? I could SWEAR she was in my Capital Punishment seminar (Fall 2003 semester).  If it’s the same woman, she’s AWFUL. Further research confirmed that Mary McCarthy was in the same seminar as our tipster. Additional scuttlebutt appears after the jump. Read more on Mary McCarthy: Maybe Not the CIA Leaker, But Still Really Annoying…