Monday status conference: AG pick a go

Good Monday morning!

Michael Mukasey likely breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after Sen. Arlen Specter voiced support for the nominee – joining Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein who said Friday they would vote “yes”- all but ensuring his approval tomorrow by the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP)

Meanwhile, the situation in Pakistan is dangerous for lawyers and judges too, as President Gen. Pervez Musharraf cracks down on “out of control judicial activism.” (AP)

Back in the U.S., a pending Supreme Court case has halted the death penalty in some states, but the high cost of giving defendants in capital cases an adequate defense has halted it in others, reports the New York Times.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Gonzales v. Carhart isn’t exactly clearing the way for a Virginia statute that would ban so-called “partial-birth” abortions. (WaPo)

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