Mark I. Levy; Anybody Feel Like Digging?

Mark I. Levy; Anybody Feel Like Digging?

As you all know, I’m still down the rabbit hole at the moment, but I ran across something in my late night round up that may interest those of you that have a moment to wander the internet and see what you come up with…my spidey sense went off a bit when I read this.  I recognized the name of the law firm, and those readers that are regulars will know why immediately.  That would be fact #1, #2 is Justice Souter’s retirement was announced today, and #3 is that people of power and means just keep mysteriously committing suicide.  I suggest whatever is found is sent to me in an email, and I will distribute it to the group.

Laid-Off Lawyer From Bethesda Fatally Shoots Self

Mark Levy

Mark Levy

A 59-year-old lawyer with an Atlanta-based firm who was about to lose his job because of the economy was found dead in his Washington office yesterday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

Mark I. Levy, a Bethesda resident who was a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Clinton administration, was discovered by a co-worker about 8 a.m. in his 11th-floor office at Kilpatrick Stockton, in the 600 block of 14th Street NW, police said. They said evidence indicates that Levy shot himself in the head with a .38-caliber handgun.

The firm would not comment on his death beyond issuing a statement calling him a “highly respected” colleague and offering condolences to his family.

Kilpatrick Stockton, which employs scores of people in offices in the United States, Europe and the United Arab Emirates, announced Tuesday that 24 lawyers would be laid off.

Based on detectives’ interviews, police learned that Levy had been told he was among those being let go, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case. Kilpatrick Stockton’s Web site says Levy was head of the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy Practice. He argued 16 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court during his career, it says.

Another source familiar with the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is not complete, said that yesterday would have been Levy’s last day at work and that he was given four months of severance pay.

Diane Prucino, a co-managing partner of the century-old firm in Atlanta, confirmed the layoffs Tuesday in a statement quoted by the Fulton County Daily Report.

The source said Levy left a note in his home saying he loved his family and instructing his wife on how to handle finances and other matters. He apparently had spent some time recently getting his affairs in order, the source said.

The source said Levy’s 20-year-old son found the note yesterday morning and called Montgomery County police.

An officer was at the home when someone called from the law firm. The officer spoke with the caller, learned of the suicide and then told the family, according to the source.

Computer records show that Levy swiped his entrance card to get into the building at 607 14th St. from a parking garage about 5:30 a.m., the source said, adding that Levy was the registered owner of the handgun.

According to his biography on the firm’s Web site, Levy was a Yale Law School graduate who joined the Justice Department in 1993 as deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Division, overseeing 60 lawyers handling appellate litigation.

Go here for the law firm bio for Mr. Levy; I will leave everything else unsaid.

Has anybody heard anymore about Kellerman lately? (That’s rhetorical, by the way.)

Ready For The Next Emergency?

I’m working on the spanish flu series so this is going to be really, really short.

Frak!

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…..

From AP:

Source: Justice Souter retiring

WASHINGTON – Justice David Souter is planning to retire after nearly two decades on the Supreme Court, giving President Barack Obama his first chance to fill a vacancy on the high court.

The White House has been told that Souter will retire in June, when the court finishes its work for the summer, a source familiar with his plans said Thursday night. He almost certainly would remain on the bench until a successor is confirmed.

The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for Souter.

Souter had no comment Thursday night, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said.

Souter’s retirement is unlikely to alter the ideological balance on the closely divided court because Obama is certain to replace the liberal-leaning justice with someone with similar views.

But the vacancy could lead to another woman on the bench to join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, currently the court’s only woman.

At 69, Souter is much younger than either Ginsburg, 76, or Justice John Paul Stevens, 89, the other two liberal justices whose names have been mentioned as possible retirees. Yet those justices have given no indication they intend to retire soon and Ginsburg said she plans to serve into her 80s despite her recent surgery for pancreatic cancer.

Interest groups immediately began gearing up for what could be a grueling battle over a high court vacancy.

“We’re looking for President Obama to choose an eminently qualified candidate who is committed to the core constitutional values, who is committed to justice for all and not just a few,” said Nan Aron, president of the liberal Alliance for Justice.

Some of the names that have been circulating include recently confirmed Solicitor General Elena Kagan; U.S. Appeals Court Judges Sonya Sotomayor, Kim McLane Wardlaw, Sandra Lea Lynch and Diane Pamela Wood; and Leah Ward Sears, chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Men who have been mentioned as potential nominees include Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Harvard Law professor Cass Sunstein and U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo of Chicago.

Souter earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard sandwiched around a stay at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar.

Interesting…

I wonder what they offered him?

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