Former congressional staffer Mark Zachares, who got his post on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with the help of Jack Abramoff, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy for his part in the influence -peddling scandal.
In an opinion by Justice Kennedy (on the left in sketch) the Supreme Court today upheld the federal ban on certain late-term, so-called "partial birth", abortions. Justice Ginsberg (right) read her dissenting opinion, joined by Justices Stevens, Souter and Breyer.
Frail and sitting in a wheelchair the 73-year-old former home-care aide who regularly worked twenty-four hour days three or four times a week watched as her case, Long Island Care at Home, Ltd. v. Evelyn Coke, seeking overtime pay for in-home caretakers hired by third party companies.
Ms Coke, who is now disabled and depends on her son Michael, seated next to her, for home-care, is on the right. Her attorney, H. Craig Becker is lightly sketched in on the left. Also penciled in is retired Justice O'Connor who was in attendance for the first ten minutes of argument.