Tonight's the night for champagne, Auld Lang Syne -- and the chief justice's end-of-year report on the state of the federal judiciary. In his two prior reports as chief justice, available here, John Roberts Jr. has followed the lead of his predecessor William Rehnquist by pleading for pay raises for federal judges. We have not yet seen the report, but Roberts will probably strike the same note again, given that in spite of some progress on the issue, Congress at the last minute failed to approve raises earlier this month. But Roberts may still have kind words for Congress because it did pass legislation that increases penalties for assaulting or threatening judges. We reported on this legislation at an earlier stage here.
Stay tuned here and on legaltimes.com and law.com sites for full coverage of the report, expected sometime after the ball drops at midnight tonight.