Sotomayor Follow-up Q-and-A: Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor provided follow-up written responses to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, telling senators that she has "no personal views about the death penalty that would interfere with my obligation to apply the law as a judge," The BLT reported late Monday. Sotomayor also explained her decision to resign from the all-female Belizean Grove, a networking group of professional women, shortly before her confirmation hearing last week. Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal reports: The 49 pages of questions and answers represented the efforts by Republican senators to draw Sotomayor out about issues they had sought answers to last week.
The End of Summer: Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll said the firm is getting rid of its 2010 summer associate program, The Legal Intelligencer reports. Morgan Lewis & Bockius also cut its 2010 program in an announcement last week. Ballard Spahr had deferred its 2009 first-year associates for one year. Offers to this year's summers would be good for 2011, according to the Intelligencer.
Tech Companies Protest: Tech company rivals Microsoft Corp. and Linux are uniting in a growing protest against new rules for software contracts issued by The American Law Institute, The Recorder reports via law.com. Software vendors must guarantee buyers that there are no hidden flaws in the software, according to the guidelines. Industry lawyers tell The Recorder the rules will create undue product liability because software is inherently flawed.
The CIA Fraudsters: Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued in an order Monday requiring a group of former or current CIA lawyers to file court documents explaining why the judge should not sanction them for fraud in a suit brought by a former DEA agent who accuses the CIA of illegally bugging his home, The Washington Post reports. That group of lawyers includes John Rizzo, Robert J. Eatinger and A. John Radsan. Former CIA Director George Tenet was also ordered to respond to the court. Lamberth blasted the CIA for alleged fraudulent conduct for withholding key information about the operative's covert status, which had been lifted in 2002. Nobody told Lambert.
Detention Review Extended: The Obama administration wants six more months to wrap up the examination of U.S. detention and interrogation policy, The Washington Post reports today. A Justice Department-led task force had been scheduled to report to Obama today. The task force that is examining interrogation policy will get a two-month continuance.