Ep. 288: The Struggle To Revise DC's Criminal Code
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A years-long push to update the District of Columbia’s century-old criminal code landed with a thud this week as the U.S. Senate resoundingly defeated a suite of proposed amendments that would have reset sentencing guidelines and lowered penalties for certain crimes. On this week’s episode of Pro Say we welcome Law360 reporter Katie Buehler to explain how we got here, and what comes next in the heated debate over crime in the nation’s capital that has underscored the district’s unique hurdles to self-governance. Also this week, “M&A Day on Pro Say” kicks off a bid to scuttle the proposed merger between JetBlue and Spirit Airlines by federal regulators who say it’ll drive up flight costs. We then turn to New York BigLaw fixture Shearman and Sterling, which this week called off a rumored merger with Hogan Lovells and could face some difficulties moving forward. Finally, one of the alleged co-conspirators in the theft of Lady Gaga’s two french bulldogs has now sued the singer over unpaid reward money.