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Monday status conference: Opinion day

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release one or more opinions today, the last major activity expected from the Court until the justices conference again Feb. 19. Among the issues yet to be decided this term is whether judges can enhance an attorney fee award based on “the superb quality” of the lawyers’ performance, whether prosecutors can be shielded from immunity after allegedly fabricating evidence and then introducing it at trial, and whether sentences of life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual. We’ll keep you posted on any newsworthy rulings on this blog and on Lawyers USA online.

In other legal news:

Lead a little too far? The Consumer Product Safety Commission is concerned that the recently-enacted law banning lead paint in children’s products extends to a number of products that were not intended to be covered, according to a report the agency sent to Congress on the enforcement of the law. (Lawyers USA)

Gitmo flip flop? In an apparent reversal of policy, the government will continue to hold almost 50 Guantanamo Bay prisoners without trial. (Courthouse News Service)

Article of impeachment: A House task force has recommended that Congress impeach Louisiana federal Judge G. Thomas Porteous for corruption. (AP via Washington Post)

Change 2.0: President Barack Obama is reconstituting the team that helped him win the White House to counter Republican challenges in the midterm elections. (New York Times)

GOP seeks seats: Meanwhile analysts say the number of Congressional seats up for grabs in November appears to be growing as the GOP taps more candidates. (New York Times)

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