Guantanamo Death Wish: Five of the accused masterminds of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks told a military judge at the Guantanamo Bay detention center Monday that they would plead guilty in hopes of being executed. But when the judge began talking about procedural issues relating to the death penalty, the defendants said they would withdraw their pleas if execution could not be guaranteed, according to this report.
Firms Rescinding Law Student Offers: Another ugly sign of the times: A report by The American Lawyer says some law firms are beginning to pull back job offers they had made to 2L students, ostensibly because of higher acceptance rates than expected. An Am Law 100 firm partner also says, "The 3L market is dead."
Blackwater Down: The Justice Department announced the indictment of five Blackwater Worldwide security guards in connection with a 2007 Baghdad incident in which the five killed 14 Iraqi civilians without provocation. Here is a transcript of the news conference in D.C. at which the indictments were announced.
We Live in a Lenocracy: For readers who still watch network television, it's big news: Instead of jumping ship to ABC, Jay Leno, current host of NBC's "The Tonight Show " will be given the 10-11 p.m. hour to fill five nights a week on NBC. Conan O'Brien, who succeeds Leno in the late-night slot next year, is likely to be "madder than a wet hen" that he won't be able to escape Leno's shadow, says Lisa de Moraes in the Washington Post.
9th Circuit, Undefended: We had a post last night about an unusual Supreme Court oral argument Monday, in which neither party defended the decision below -- a ruling in the antitrust case Pacific Bell Telephone v. LinkLine by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.