Lethal Injection Delayed In Search for Vein: Convicted murdered Curtis Osborne was executed in Georgia last night, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, but not without problems. Prison medical staff spent 35 minutes searching for a vein adequate for injecting the lethal drugs. Former FBI director William Sessions, a member of the Constitution Project's committee on the right to counsel, wrote an op-ed earlier in the week bemoaning Osborne's representation by a lawyer who once said Osborne deserved to die. (Hat Tip to the ABA Journal Web site.)
Lumbering Law Firms Wake Up to Gossip Blogs: As reported here via Law.com, The National Law Journal says law firms are being stung by gossip blogs like Above the Law. Negative mentions on the blog can wreak havoc, and some firms are tightening rules on internal memoranda that have a way of showing up on the blogs.
Obama on Transparency: Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has been busy of late, but he made time this week to introduce a bill aimed at increasing public access to information about government spending, Secrecy News reports.
Eric Holder, Veep-Vetter: As we reported here yesterday, Eric Holder, the former deputy attorney general and current Covington & Burling partner has ruled out becoming attorney general in an Obama Administration. But Obama tapped him for a more short-term gig Wednesday: joining Jim Johnson and Caroline Kennedy on the search team for vice-presidential candidates.
Supreme Court Consolation Prize: At Politico, columnist Roger Simon floats the idea of Hillary Clinton as President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee. She could be "a liberal voice on the court for decades," Simon says, adding, "It can last a lifetime and, hey, no press conferences." For Clinton or any politician, is that a plus or a minus?