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Questions for Burris, West Va. Case Spotlights Judicial Elections, 'Clawing Back' Madoff Money

POSTED: 10:20 AM ET, 02/17/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Questions Over Burris Affidavit » Barely a month after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was ousted from office for allegedly trying to auction off a U.S. Senate seat, the man he appointed to that seat is fighting calls for his resignation amid assertions that he misled Illinois legislators. Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) is insisting that an affidavit released over the weekend detailing his contact with Blagojevich's brother prior to his Senate appointment does not contradict earlier testimony before the ousted governor's impeachment committee. — Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Post

West Va. Case Spotlights Judicial Elections » The notion of impartial judges is central to the U.S. legal system, and Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal -- to be heard by the high court March 3 -- has become Exhibit A in the debate over how high-dollar state judicial elections can raise questions about the fairness of some rulings. — USA Today

'Clawing Back' Madoff Money » Irving Picard, the trustee in charge of liquidating the assets of Bernard Madoff's investment firm, has begun sending subpoenas to brokerage firms that may have facilitated trades in Madoff's alleged Ponzi scheme, suggesting that Picard is starting the process of retrieving money paid out in the days before Madoff's arrest. — Wall Street Journal

Senators Seek Ethics Findings » Democrats Richard J. Durbin (Ill.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) are demanding that the Justice Department release its findings of an ethics investigation into legal opinions under President George W. Bush that paved the way for harsh interrogation practices. — Washington Post, New York Times

DOJ Removes Stevens' Prosecutors » In a surprising move, the Justice Department has removed the prosecution team that won the corruption conviction of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) from any further litigation in the case, according to a new court filing. — Politico

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» In Iraq, A 'fraud' bigger than Madoff (The Independent)
» Report: Cheney Pushed for Libby Pardon (NY Daily News)
» Pentagon Rethinks Image Ban on War Coffins (WaPo)
» CEO salary caps affect small banks, too (USAT)
» Credit card reform gets another look (USAT)
» Justice Dept. Defends Bush Rule on Guns (WaPo)
» Vienna Banker Denies Receiving Madoff Funds (WSJ)
» Two Satyam Executives Resign as Probe Proceeds (WSJ)
» Trial Begins for Khmer Rouge Leader (NYT)
» France Responsible in WWII Deportations (WaPo)

By Amanda Zamora |  February 17, 2009; 10:20 AM ET The Daily Read
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