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Monday status conference: Night at the Opera

We knew the Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg love the opera. Well, this weekend, they were in the opera.

Saturday night, the justices were on stage for the entire performance of the Washington National Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Scalia, Ginsburg and her husband, Georgetown University law professor Martin Ginsburg, had nonspeaking roles as dinner party guests, and were seated at tables for the 90-minute performance.

But the highlight of the evening was reportedly when Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova perched herself right on Scalia’s lap and draped an arm around him. The audience to burst into applause, according to reports.

Afterwards Ginsburg said it was “an entirely enchanting evening.”

(Photos By Karin Cooper for The Washington National Opera)

More on the performance from The Baltimore Sun’s Clef Notes blog and the Associated Press.

Here’s some other legal news to kick off your week:

‘Red Flags’ of confusion: Lawyers take heed – the new “red flags” identity protection rules enacted last year are set to be enforced starting in November. Or maybe they won’t. And those rules apply to you. Or maybe they don’t. Confused yet? You are not alone. (Lawyers USA)

New sentencing commission chair: Six months after his nomination by President Barack Obama, Vermont federal district court Judge William K. Sessions III was confirmed by the Senate as chair of the United States Sentencing Commission. (Lawyers USA)

Hate crimes bill heads to POTUS: The Senate has passed an amendment to the defense spending bill that would give expand federal protections and investigatory powers in connection with hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation and gender identity. (Lawyers USA)

CFPA bill advances: The House Financial Services Committee has approved legislation that would create a new agency to promulgate rules and impose penalties for unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud and data security breaches. (Lawyers USA)

Stirring the pot: Health and law enforcement officials around the nation are scrambling to figure out how to regulate medical marijuana now that the federal government has decided it will no longer prosecute legal users or providers. (The New York Times)

Friday morning docket: Supreme wrap

The confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is in the history books. And even though some members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spent time during and after the hearing expressing frustration with Sotomayor’s answers – and refusals to answer some questions – she is expected to sail easily to confirmation. Republicans committee members have said they won’t block the vote on the nominee. The committee formally takes up her nomination starting Tuesday.

And though the hearing has been the primary focus of DC Dicta this week, there is other legal news:

Party of five? The three empty seats on the National Labor Relations Board may finally be filled now that the White House has sent three nominations to the Senate. (Lawyers USA)

Minimum justice: A member of the Judicial Conference testified earlier this week before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and described mandatory minimum sentences as creating “untenable results. (Lawyers USA)

E-Verified: The Senate has voted to include an amendment to the Homeland Security budget that would make E-Verify permanent for employers with federal contractors. (Lawyers USA)

Hate crime vote: The Senate voted to expand protections for people attacked based on gender and sexual orientation under federal hate crimes law.  (AP)