The Oil & Gas Lobby: A Washington Post analysis shows three out of every four lobbyists who represent oil and gas companies have previously worked for the federal government. The industry has more than 600 registered lobbyists, making it one of the biggest and most influential in Washington.
Malpractice Upheld: A state appellate court in California has upheld a $13 million malpractice case Kmart Corp. brought against Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, The National Law Journal reports.
Life on the Run: The New York Times profiles Colton “Barefoot Bandit” Harris-Moore, the Washington state native who was hooked in the Bahamas last week after years on the run from the authorities. The bandit, wanted for stealing boats and planes,had another nickname growing up: Island Boy.
Early Retirement: Citing her desire to tend to her ailing husband, Chief Justice Margaret Marshall of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts is retiring four years before the state court system's mandatory retirement age of 70.
Retreat!: Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich did not testify at his corruption trial in Chicago even though one of his defense lawyers told the jury the embattled politician would take the stand. Stories here, here and here.