Morning Docket: 08.09.17

* “It’s an extreme position to go from hateful statements to this. What would cause him to change his mind?” President Trump is a fan of calling the Russia investigation a “witch hunt” in public, but word on the street is that he’s sent private messages to special counsel Robert Mueller to express his “appreciation” for what he’s been doing. Countdown until Mueller gets fired? [USA Today]

* “Judge Roy Moore is the real deal. He’s tough, tested, and has a spine of steel.” Chuck Norris is endorsing former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to fill the Senate seat that was left vacant by Jeff Sessions after he became attorney general. Guys, it looks like Chuck Norris can’t divide by zero anymore, so maybe it’s time for everyone to buy a Total Gym so this man can retire. [CNN]

* Just how much do Williams & Connolly partners make? The firm typically keeps quiet about compensation, but Curtis J. Mahoney, who is up for the deputy U.S. trade representative post in the Trump administration, has had to make some financial disclosures and now we know he’s made $833,000 in partnership income thus far in 2017. [National Law Journal]

* Following the release of the results of a study of female attorneys’ speaking roles — or lack thereof — in New York courts, former Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who is now of counsel at Stroock, said in a powerful op-ed that law firms “must stop paying lip service to diversity and take concrete steps to change.” Perhaps one day, something will actually change. [New York Times]

* Federal prosecutors have dropped their securities fraud case against Wall Street financier Benjamin Wey thanks to an extremely unfavorable evidence suppression order issued by Judge Alison Nathan of the Southern District of New York. Wey’s legal team from Haynes and Boone is obviously quite pleased with the decision. We may have more on this later. [New York Law Journal]


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