Morning Docket: 12.27.22 – Above the LawAbove the Law


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* One of Donald Trump’s lawyers says the January 6 Committee’s criminal referrals against the former president are “pretty much worthless.” Suppose we’ll soon see what the Justice Department thinks about that. [The Hill]

* Meanwhile, Justice Clarence Thomas and his election-denier wife Ginni Thomas got off scot-free in the January 6 Committee’s investigation of the insurrection. Why? Because “[w]hen you’re a justice, they let you do it.” [Slate via How Appealing]

* The reported merger between Hogan Lovells and Shearman & Sterling is in such “early” stages that Shearman partners are already heading for the exits with news of a “weighted” equity vote. [American Lawyer]

* A nice win before SCOTUS kills affirmative action: According to the ABA, this year’s class of entering law students is the most diverse in history, with about 37% of first-years identifying as racial or ethnic minorities. [Reuters]

* A jury convicted rapper Tory Lanez of three felonies in the shooting of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion. He’s facing more than 20 years in prison thanks to the guilty verdict. [Associated Press]

* Have you done literally anything in your life? You may be entitled to compensation. Personal injury attorneys have taken over our televisions, and CNN has an interesting piece on how exactly that happened over the years. [CNN]



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