Loose Ends, 1-9-09

Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom:

An ex-seventh-year Skadden associate filed a lawsuit against the firm for defamation, wrongful termination and alleged labor code violations.  In addition calling them “dumb” and seeking damages, he’s suing for his job back, plus a promotion.  And that, ladies and germs, is what they call “brass balls.” “Chutzpah.” “Nerve.” “Moxie.” “Intestinal fortitude.” [ABA Journal]

The Illinois House will vote today on whether to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but ol’ Rod is being voted as outsmarting pundits.  “He embarrassed Harry Reid and Dick Durbin.  Who’s smarter – a guy from Illinois who’s allegedly a crook, or the guys in Washington who are allegedly clean?” Well, obviously we first need to know where they all went law school.  [ABC News]

Former senator Larry Craig is giving up on his repeated efforts to withdraw his guilty plea and clear his name.  He apparently tapped his decision with his foot using Morse code.  [Washington Post]

“Sexually dangerous” isn’t the new Paris Hilton perfume, it’s a law allowing the federal government to hold sex offenders in custody indefinitely beyond the end of their prison terms, on which Congress overstepped its authority.  [Associated Press]

“Cass Sunstein, a leading constitutional scholar and Harvard Law School professor, said on Thursday he had agreed to take the post of regulatory czar in the incoming Obama administration, overseeing all governmental regulations.” Also, “Montclair attorney Jeh Charles Johnson, a longtime Democratic adviser and fundraiser, was nominated yesterday by President-elect Barack Obama to be general counsel for the Department of Defense.” While I’m sure Jersey is excited for one less in the Garden State, is anyone concerned that Harvard will soon be an Obama-decimated ghost town?  [Reuters |]

R&B artist R. Kelly and his wife of 11 years have divorced.  Apparently chicks don’t dig it when their husbands are tried for child porn.  [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]