Bad Memory: Yesterday’s opening statements in the prosecution of Hynix Semiconductor sales executive Gary Swanson the only individual accused in the government's vast DRAM price-fixing probe to go to trial exposed the bizarre world of criminal antitrust, reports The Recorder’s Dan Levine. The probe was launched in 2002 and led to $731 million in fines and more than a dozen guilty pleas from executives at companies like Samsung, Infineon Technologies, Hynix and Elpida Memory.
Less Diversity: A Web site set up by Columbia Law School shows that law-school enrollment among blacks and Mexican-Americans has fallen by 8.6 percent in the past 15 years, according to The National Law Journal. The site, launched with the help of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), highlights a decline that has occurred as applications to law schools among those two groups have remained constant and as law school enrollment overall has increased since 1992.
It Happened: CIA Director Michael Hayden yesterday acknowledged for the first time that the agency had used the harsh interrogation technique known as "waterboarding" on three al-Qaida suspects in 2002 and 2003. He and Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, both aggressively defended the CIA’s secret prisons and the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, The Wall Street Journal reports.