Thursday, April 19, 2007


Appalling news round-up for Thursday

• Louis Robes, class-action attorney, stole millions from his asbestos clients. He's accepted an offer to serve 10 years in prison and make full restitution.

• Former White House counsel and Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers is ready to move on now that Congress is looking into her role in the firing of various U.S. Attorneys. She's returning to her old law firm of Locke Liddell & Sapp. You'd think one Sapp would be enough.

• As was to be expected, Republican Representatives are using procedural methods to stymie legislation. When the Republicans were in power Democrats tried to do the same but were defeated by Republican solidarity. Now Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wants the Democrats to "enforce party discipline." Essential.

• More than 20 freshman Democratic Representatives are asking House Speaker Pelosi for an independent ethics review board and enforcement. Absolutely essential.

• Presidential candidate and Senator Joe Biden was very quiet after Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Sam Youngman writes that "Biden is the only Democratic presidential candidate who was in the Senate in 2003 to vote in favor of the bill banning so-called partial-birth abortions...."


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