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The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ordered Robert Mueller and Roger Stone's attorneys to file briefs explaining how the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions impacts their case.

Notably, due to Sessions having recused himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, the big question being asked by pundits is whether Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' replacement, will also recuse himself. As of yet, there does not seem to be any indication that he will do so. And that raises the even bigger question of whether Whitaker will acquiesce to President Trump's demands to "STOP THE WITCH HUNT" against him and end the Mueller probe.

In an opinion out of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the massive pharma company Boehringer seems to have squeezed out a narrow victory in a rather large discovery dispute over attorney-client privileged communications between corporate employees and corporate attorneys.

And while the court upheld the district court's ruling that attorney-client privilege applied to the communications between employee and attorney, the underlying facts of the communication could nevertheless be fair game.

The Other Blue Book: DOJ's Prosecution Manual Can Be Kept Secret

Several years ago, Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was criminally indicted on corruption charges but managed to slip by a conviction on what many consider a technicality. The case against him produced much debate about whether or not government lawyers were being properly trained in their ethical duties of disclosure. It also produced "the Blue Book."

Not that Blue Book, but the Federal Criminal Discovery Blue Book. And it, unlike its more famous cousin, is probably more important than you know.

Judge Orders Release of Guantanamo Force-Feeding Videos

With a public evidentiary hearing looming on the issue of force feeding of Guantanamo detainees, a district court judge in Washington, D.C., issued two rulings that showed that she's not afraid of a showdown with her Article II counterparts: one keeping the ruling open to the public, and a second that should lead to the release of videos of the feedings.

The legal battle that is set to take place will be about whether the feedings are humane, while the battle for public opinion, which will be fought in the news during election season, could turn on the videos themselves, which will be partly redacted to hide the identities of Guantanamo staff, reports The New York Times.

For the second time, D.C. area attorney Garland Stillwell is suspended from practicing in D.C. and Maryland for at least 60 days, reports the Blog of Legal Times. Stillwell can petition to be reinstated after that time period.

Stillwell was disciplined for mishandling his client's matters and funds.

In case you missed last week's CLE on disciplinary no-no's, Garland Stillwell's suspension will inspire you to avoid being another tale of bad lawyering.

D.C. Bar CLE: Disciplinary Year in Review on Jan.13

Coming to a conference center near you: the D.C. Bar presents, "Disciplinary Year in Review: District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia," a CLE course. The course takes place on Monday, January 13, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center.

With all of available CLE courses out there, this legal ethics course is a triple whammy for lawyers that practice in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia who are looking for a refresher on what gets attorneys disciplined.

Judicial Independence Rejected By D.C. Circuit

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an administrative law judge for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs can't sue the agency for alleged violations of his judicial independence.

Judge Jeremiah Mahoney, the acting chief administrative law judge for the department, sued the department in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claiming his supervisor violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act by interfering with this independence, reports The Blog of Legal Times.

Ted Stevens Report Will be Made Public, Despite Prosecutor's Request

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will not be blocking the release of the Ted Stevens report, reports The Wall Street Journal.

To refresh your recollection, the 500-page report deals with the 2008 corruption case against the late Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.

Attorney Sanctions: Fee Disgorgement for Conflict of Interest

As attorney Leonard Suchanek found out, biting off more than you can chew may come back to bite you in your wallet.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held that Suchanek must disgorge a portion of his fees paid by a client because of his violations of the ethical rule against current-client conflicts.

D.C. Circuit Upholds Lawyer's Lifetime SEC Ban

There are many milestones in an attorney’s career that he or she can proudly brag about. Being the first attorney ever to receive a lifetime ban by the Securities and Exchange Commission because of ethical violations is surely not one of them.

Commercial litigator Steven Altman hasn’t tried to get the acknowledgement off his record without effort, however. But the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hampered his efforts to overturn the ban after it denied his request to review the agency’s decision on Friday.

“The Commission was entitled to rely on Altman’s knowledge of and duty to conform to the New York Bar disciplinary rules,” Judge Rogers wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel.