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Ten Commandments Ex-Judge to Run for President

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Ex-Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore has told CBS that he will likely announce the formation of an exploratory committee in preparation for a Presidential bid.

Moore's aide Zachary Michael said that Moore is someone "who can connect with over 300 million Americans across the country, which is something we've been lacking with today's leaders across society."

That's a very insane optimistic view.  Moore failed to win the Republican gubernatorial primary in 2010, coming in 4th with 95,000 (19%) of the vote.  In 2006 he lost the primary to Bob Riley, 65-35.

In 2003, Roy Moore was booted from the Supreme Court after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments monument he installed in the court house.  The Alabama Court of the Judiciary vote was unanimous.


[Earlier: Moore attends anti-gay marriage rally in Iowa]

EU to Ban Gas Powered Cars by 2050

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The European Commission revealed today a plan for a "single European transport area" aimed at replacing half of long distance flights with train travel and comFpletely removing fossil fuel cars from urban areas by 2050.

For anyone afraid of an evil conspiracy to create Euro-centric socialist hippy new world order, this should come as delightful news.  Oh, the conspiracy is real enough, but the conspirators appear too bat shit insane to ever pull off anything resembling a master plan.

Hugh Bladon, spokesman for the British Drivers Association had this to say:

"I suggest that he goes and finds himself a space in the local mental asylum.

"If he wants to bring everywhere to a grinding halt and to plunge us into a new dark age, he is on the right track. We have to keep things moving. The man is off his rocker."

We hope this is just an early April Fool's joke, but if not, we have a warning for the European Union:  Here in America we love democracy, and we export it with bombs and prejudice.  We love cars even more.


Latham Gets New DC Managing Partner

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Latham and Watkins has a new managing partner for its DC office.

Alice Fisher is an expert in white collar criminal investigations, and had left Latham from 2005-2008 to serve as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division in the Department of Justice (that sounds like a big, important division to us).

Latham's DC branch is the 11th largest office in DC, boasting 270 lawyers and another 207 staff.  Hopefully it will stay that way, we don't want to see "Fishered" added to the legal lexicon.

[Washington Business Journal]

More on PayScale Salary Data

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We previously wrote about law school starting salaries collected by PayScale and published on Forbes in which no schools were found to have starting median salaries of $160,000, and only a dozen made it over the $100k mark.

The article had originally stated that PayScale had looked at 28,000 salaries from 98 schools, but an intrepid Con Daily reader took a gander at the data available on PayScale and noted that many schools have far fewer than the average of 286 salaries that number requires.  Yale only had 59 salaries listed, Stanford 70, NYU 36, and so on.

We contacted Kurt Badenhausen, author of the Forbes article, and he looked into the issue:

"I spoke to Payscale and they told me the PayScale Research Center [the source of the low sample sizes] uses a different data set and not the full data set that they use in their research projects.... [28000] is the total number of law school grads Payscale looked at from the 98 schools. There were roughly 8,500 of those that had less than 5 years experience and were considered for the median salaries of recent grads."

So, we're looking at about 87 students on average for each school.  Remember, these aren't the starting salaries published by schools and US News, but of students with less than 5 years (median 2 years) experience.  The numbers may be lower than what law schools report because of the high rate of attrition in BigLaw.  If so, we think PayScale paints a far more meaningful picture for prospective students.  Your starting salary is of course important, but not as important as what you're paid the rest of your career.

A spokesperson for Stanford contacted Forbes and defended their data:

"All of the private sector starting salary employment data we report to NALP, the ABA and U.S. News is 100% verified.”

PayScale reported a median of $125,000.  Stanford claims not only a median of $160,000 for its graduates employed full time upon graduation, but a 25th percentile of $160,000 as well, with a 94% response rate.


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