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Friday morning docket: pro forma edition

Yesterday the justices of the Supreme Court met in conference, so decisions in some of the dozens of cases still yet to be decided this term will follow on Monday. Congress is all quiet, except for a few instances of pro forma gavel banging.

Meanwhile,

A bipartisan group of 20 U.S. attorneys filed court documents yesterday saying Congress must have the authority to demand answers from the Bush administration about whether U.S. attorneys were fired for political reasons. (AP)

After 22 years on death row, many appeals, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision questioning the evidence and testimony against him, Tennessee inmate Paul House will remain in jail until his retrial. (The Tennessean)

The Bush administration, bowing to a court order, has released a fresh summary of federal and independent research pointing to large, and mainly harmful, impact of human-caused global warming in the United States. (NYT)

With Congress out this week, the hottest news in Washington is Scott McClellan’s book. (WaPo).

A form of Magnetic Resonance Imaging called the “functional MRI,” or fMRI, is being marketed to lawyers and judges as the real deal in lie detection. The fMRI looks directly at brain functioning and its process is automated to reduce bias. (Lawyers USA)

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