New Subpoena Power: Henry Schuelke, the Washington lawyer tapped to investigate the Justice Department prosecution team in the Ted Stevens case, was granted subpoena authority Tuesday, The National Law Journal reports. His two-page request asked for permission to take "deposition testimony under oath and, if necessary, to issue subpoenas to compel" the lawyers under investigation to provide, among other things, documents and data. A federal judge immediately granted the request.
Meet the New Plan: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected today to outline the Obama administration's domestic approach to preventing terrorist attacks, The Wall Street Journal reports. The strategy will rely in large measure on refining and expanding initiatives launched under President George W. Bush. "There is a system out there," Napolitano told the newspaper. "It needs to be perfected."
Widening Probe: Federal prosecutors are looking into a small, private bank in Zurich as they widen their investigation into Swiss banks suspected of selling offshore tax evasion services to wealthy Americans, The New York Times reports. The news came in court papers filed Tuesday. The filing also disclosed that an official at the Zurich bank, who is a former UBS executive, paid $45,000 to a “high-ranking Swiss government official” in 2008 to learn whether a client was on a list of 285 names to be disclosed to American authorities.
Jeans Maker Feeling Blue: A California jury has awarded $370 million to five former employees of Guess Jeans co-founder Georges Marciano in a defamation suit they filed after the former chief executive accused them of stealing millions of dollars in funds and artwork, the Los Angeles Times reports. Marciano sued the five employees in 2007, but a judge threw out his lawsuit after Marciano failed to cooperate with pretrial proceedings.