Morning Docket: 07.10.17

* Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the D.C. Circuit is soon expected to publicly announce her retirement, and once she takes senior status, President Trump will have the ability to appoint another conservative judge to one of the nation’s most powerful courts — one that often serves as a training ground for future Supreme Court justices. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

* Shortly after his father became the Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump Jr. reportedly met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who had Kremlin ties, after he was allegedly promised damaging information about then Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. For his part, Trump’s eldest son has denied any Russian collusion having to do with the 2016 presidential election. [New York Times]

* When it comes to the AT&T / Time Warner merger, “[t]he business community is watching intensely to see what an antitrust D.O.J. will look like in the Trump administration and how much of the rhetoric from the campaign trickles down into policy.” Meanwhile, Makan Delrahim, President Trump’s nominee for antitrust chief, hasn’t had his Senate hearing yet. [DealBook / New York Times]

* Marc Kasowitz has moved to dismiss a sexual harassment suit filed against the president by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, claiming that thanks to the SCOTUS ruling in Bill Clinton’s sexual harassment case, presidents cannot be sued in state court for personal conduct while in office. If this flies, will it give rise to more federal filings against the president? [The Hill]

* “These are dedicated people doing very difficult work and not paying them is like not paying teachers, cops, social workers, or firefighters. The public should be outraged.” Court-appointed lawyers in Massachusetts who represent the indigent are struggling financially thanks to the state’s budget woes. Some of these attorneys are owed thousands of dollars. [Boston Globe]


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