Accused CIA leaker Joshua Schulte scrawled angry vows from his jail cell promising revenge against the spy agency after he was arrested for allegedly sending government hacking secrets to WikiLeaks, evidence presented to a Manhattan jury showed Wednesday.
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WikiLeaks Suspect Wrote Of Waging 'Information War' On CIA

Accused CIA leaker Joshua Schulte scrawled angry vows from his jail cell promising revenge against the spy agency after he was arrested for allegedly sending government hacking secrets to WikiLeaks, evidence presented to a Manhattan jury showed Wednesday.

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UK Can't Extradite Assange On Political Charges, Atty Claims

Extraditing Julian Assange to the U.S. to face trial over leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents would be illegal because the charges against the WikiLeaks founder are "purely political," his lawyer argued Wednesday at the third day of hearings in London.

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GAO Says Most Of $82B Army Deal Protests Can Be Axed

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has recommended mostly tossing a construction company's protests of contracts under an $82 billion U.S. Army logistics deal, but said the government failed to evaluate a bidder's proposed fixed price on one award.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Surveillance Bills In Limbo Ahead Of March 15 Deadline

With the legal authorization for several surveillance powers set to expire March 15, members of Congress are racing the clock to pass a bill, with a key House committee canceling a vote Wednesday and the parties divided on how to proceed.

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DHS Chief Pressed On 'Remain In Mexico,' Border Wall Funds

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf faced heat from House Democrats over migrants' safety and access to counsel as he defended the government's request for more funding during a Wednesday budget hearing.

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LITIGATION

Trump Campaign Sues NYT For Libel Over 'Collusion' Op-Ed

President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign sued the New York Times for defamation on Wednesday, claiming an opinion piece from last year that accused his 2016 campaign of striking "an overarching deal" with Russia amounts to "intentional false reporting."

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Disabled Vet's Family Biz Ineligible For Deals, Fed. Circ. Says

A family-owned Georgia company can’t land government deals set aside for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses after the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that service-disabled veterans don’t control all of its decisions.

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More Businesses Challenge Trump’s Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

Four more importers and distributors of steel and aluminum products have sued the Trump administration, adding to the slew of businesses challenging as unconstitutional the sudden imposition of recent tariffs on their nails, staples, wires and more.

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DEALS & CONTRACTS

US Approves $300M Fire Control System Sale To Jordan

The Pentagon said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of State had approved a $300 million sale of fire control system software to Jordan.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

New Foreign-Influence Considerations For US Research Orgs

Given the substantial enforcement activity related to foreign influence on U.S. government-sponsored research, institutions will likely need to develop enhancements to their existing compliance infrastructure, say Michael Vernick and Marta Thompson at Hogan Lovells.

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Solutions To 4 Common Law Firm Diversity Challenges

A workshop recently held by the California Minority Counsel Program provides steps law firms can take toward solving minority attorneys' limited access to social capital and lack of meaningful investment, as well as other obstacles to diversity and inclusion, says Alexandra DeFelice, director of marketing and business development at Payne & Fears.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

GCs Hungrier Than Ever For Outside Counsel Data

In-house attorneys at Microsoft Corp. often ask each other for outside counsel recommendations, but soon enough, they’ll be able to review which lawyers to consider — or steer clear of — with a few clicks of a button.

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Fed. Judge's Misconduct A 'Shock' To Kansas Colleagues

A Kansas federal judge told lawmakers Wednesday that revelations about a colleague's pervasive sexual harassment of employees and affair with a felon were "an absolute shock" to other judges in the district.

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Analysis

Ginsburg Outpacing Colleagues In Opinion-Writing This Term

Despite some recent health scares, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is showing no signs of slowing down. The 86-year-old jurist has written more opinions than any of her colleagues in argued cases so far this term, including every single dissent.

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Cellino & Barnes Feud Sparks Bias Suit From Girlfriend

Amid the breakup of New York personal injury firm Cellino & Barnes, one of its attorneys is now accusing partner Ross M. Cellino Jr. of cheating her out of a share of a landmark settlement based on her romantic relationship with Stephen E. Barnes.

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Oasis Founder Drops Bid To Revive Kirkland, Littler Suit

A founder of litigation funder Oasis Financial has withdrawn a bid to revive a lawsuit claiming Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Littler Mendelson PC steered Oasis' private equity sale using fraudulent transaction documents, while improperly keeping its minority co-owners out of the loop until the sale was final.

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Trump Taps Judges For Trial Courts In Ohio, Wis.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday selected federal magistrate, bankruptcy and state court judges for lifetime appointments to U.S. district court seats in Ohio and Wisconsin, continuing his efforts to reshape the judiciary at the trial court level.

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Pa. Bar Groups Decry Court Attacks After Trump Recusal Call

After President Donald Trump called for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves in "all Trump or Trump-related matters," both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations issued statements Wednesday decrying what one called "unwarranted attacks" on the judiciary.

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NY Courts To Drop Bar Applicant Questions On Mental Health

In her annual “state of the judiciary” address, New York’s chief judge on Wednesday said the courts would drop a bar applicant question about their mental health and treatment.

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Opioid Judge Rips Pharmacies' 'Ironic' Push To Halt Discovery

The Ohio federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis told the Sixth Circuit that pharmacies looking to block nationwide discovery are contradicting themselves by raising privacy concerns when they've tried to pry sensitive health data from plaintiffs in the past.

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Michael Best Gobbles Austin Firm To Boost Startup Muscle

In a move to expand its startup and emerging company offerings in Austin, Texas, Michael Best & Friedrich has acquired local boutique RWR Legal, bringing on three corporate and securities lawyers.

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Fla. Law Firm Wants Unpaid Fees From Litigious Porn Studio

A Florida law firm is demanding nearly $300,000 in allegedly unpaid legal fees from a pornography studio that has filed thousands of copyright lawsuits against internet downloaders, according to a filing made Wednesday in West Palm Beach federal court.

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Ex-Bryan Cave Partner Joins Crypto Co. Bitstamp As CLO

A former U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania and onetime Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner joined cryptocurrency trading platform Bitstamp as its chief legal officer, the company said in a release Wednesday.

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Law Firm Leaders: Porter Hedges' Robert Reedy

Robert Reedy has served as managing partner of Houston-based Porter Hedges for the last decade and plans to step down when his term ends in 2024. Here, Reedy chats with Law360 about succession planning, his goals for his final four years as managing partner, and the perks of being a law firm in Texas.

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