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The American Bar Association passed new rules for judicial disqualification yesterday, which are consistent with two Brennan Center recommendations. Senior Counsel Adam Skaggs provided analysis for Reuters and The National Law Journal.
The date is set for August 16th. Who will be the twelve candidates selected for the deficit-reduction panel, or “Super Committee”? The Washington Post details those in the running.
“Lobbyists are scurrying to figure out how to influence the new super committee that will recommend cuts in the budget deficit.” The National Journal highlights how lobbyists will look to shape the debate.
Legal aid cuts continue their domino effect in the states. Legal Aid of North Carolina suffered $2 million in budget cuts, leading to layoffs and the closing of three offices.
The D.C. Appeals Court upheld a ban on foreign political contributions after two Canadians filed suit against the Federal Election Commission.
A U.S. Court of Appeals held that a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will proceed based on the “use of torture” and “harsh interrogation techniques” that were used by U.S. military forces under his supervision. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick provides this analysis.