Split: Heller Ehrman edged closer to its likely dissolution yesterday, The Recorder reports (via Law.com). Management held a firmwide videoconference to update partners on the status of the firm's line of credit, opportunities for groups and offices, and transition plans. Meanwhile, firms continued to circle Heller, with representatives from some firms reportedly negotiating with groups of lawyers in Heller's office buildings.
I’m Out: A military prosecutor involved in war crimes cases at Guanténamo Bay has resigned his post, citing ethical concerns about his office's failure to turn over exculpatory material to attorneys for an Afghan detainee, The Washington Post reports.
Anthrax: In September 2007, Army scientist Bruce Ivins sent himself an e-mail, claiming he knew who mailed the anthrax that in 2001 killed five people and sickened or injured 17 others, according to investigative documents unsealed yesterday. The Los Angeles Times reports that the e-mails support the view that Ivins was consumed with the criminal probe targeting him, and that in the final months before he took his life, he behaved in a way that suggested madness.
All Bark: A judge in Toronto is preparing to release the verdict today in the first trial of a member of the Toronto 18, the group of teenagers initially accused of plotting to bomb government offices and to capture Prime Minister Stephen Harper to decapitate him. As The New York Times reports, the group has taken on a less sinister cast. Charges were dropped this year against seven of the defendants, and evidence at trial showed the teens were big talkers but little else.