John McCaslin

Word is there are more lawyers in the District on a per-capita basis than in any other city in the world, and this morning, they will march en masse in support of lawyers and the rule of law in Pakistan.

"Images this week of police beating and jailing almost 3,000 Pakistani lawyers were almost as shocking as Gen. Pervez Musharraf suspending Pakistan's Constitution and putting its Supreme Court under house arrest," William H. Neukom, president of the American Bar Association, wrote to his fellow lawyers.

He says a "critical mass of lawyers" will gather at 11:30 a.m. at the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, and march around the U.S. Supreme Court. "Attire: Black suit," reads the invitation.

Preserving freedom

"Fear of the uncertain" in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is no reason to curtail staff-led tours of the U.S. Capitol, said Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat, who introduced a resolution to preserve the congressional perk.

Senate Historian Richard A. Baker asserted staff-led tours have always existed, and Mr. Moran considers them an honored custom. Separate tours led by professional staff, known as the Capitol Guide Service, were established in 1876 at a cost of 25 cents per person. Not until 1971 were those tours offered for free.

Not a Republican

Most obsequious public statement of the week honors go to Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, New York Democrat, who stated: "I just realized that yesterday ... I voted 'aye.' I meant to vote 'nay' because, as a Democrat, I would never do anything that would inflict harm upon my Hispanic brothers and sisters."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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