Morning Docket

Morning Docket: 12.09.09

Michaele Salahi Michele Salahi Michelle Salahi Salehi Joe Biden Vice President Joseph Biden Facebook.jpg* Senate Democrats have apparently agreed to drop the public option from pending health care legislation. [Washington Post]
* Divorce lawyers say text messages are being used more and more as evidence. Just ask Tiger Woods. [New York Times]
* The alleged White House party crashers, Tareq Salahi and his wife Michaele — pictured at right, with VP Biden — are taking the Fifth, according to their lawyer. [CNN]
* Nationwide layoff watch: Brinks Hofer, the Chicago-based IP firm, cuts seven lawyers and 19 staffers (about 6 percent of its workforce). [ABA Journal]
* Based on how many questions the justices posed to the government and how few they had for Miguel Estrada, representing Conrad Black in an attack on the “honest services” law, the statute may not be long for this world. [New York Times]
* Attorney General Martha Coakley wins the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate — which means she’ll soon be taking Ted Kennedy’s former seat. After all, this is Massachusetts. [Boston Globe]
* Lawyer Stephen Harbeck, the head of the Securities Investors Protection Corporation (SIPC), finds himself in the hot seat these days. [New York Times]

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