Bernie Madoff, Federal Circuit, Layoffs, Morning Docket

Morning Docket 2.13.09

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* Mississippi Circuit Judge Bobby Delaughter, known for prosecuting a white supremacist, pleaded not guilty. He was accused of ruling in favor of Tobacco attorney Dickie Scruggs (Trent Lott’s brother in law) in exchange for a seat on the federal bench. [The Associated Press]

* Damn, I miss the 90’s (and not just because I loved Pauly Shore movies). yesterday. [Bloomberg]

* Will there be more? Yes. $*%&$. [The National Law Journal]

* Meanwhile — two Pennsylvania judges were caught getting $2.6 million in kick backs for sending innocent teenagers to two private juvenile detention facilities. [Reuters]

* A special federal court of three judges or “special masters” (is this a video game?) decided that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine does not cause autism. [Los Angeles Times]

*Madoff’s defense attorney Ira Sorkin may have a conflict of interest because his parents invested with Madoff. [Bloomberg]

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