Dreier, Guilty But Free: Lawyer Marc Dreier pled guilty eight times in federal court in New York City on Monday, but remained free on bail, according to this report in sibling publication New York Law Journal, via law.com. The judge said Dreier and his scheme to defraud investors "disgraced the honorable profession of law."
Former Judge Heading to Jail: Former Texas federal judge Samuel Kent was sentenced to 33 months in prison for obstruction of justice, which he pled guilty to as part of a plea agreement in a case involving his assault and harassment of two female court employees. Texas Lawyer has the story.
Solidarity With Souter: In a talk before the Alaska Bar Association, covered here by the Juneau Empire newspaper, Justice Samuel Alito Jr. indicated that other justices -- he did not say how many or which ones, other than himself -- share retiring Justice David Souter's strong opposition to cameras in the Supreme Court. Souter famously said in 1996 that cameras would come to the Court "over my dead body." We examined the prospects here for camera access in the post-Souter era in this week's National Law Journal.
Judge Wood's Mettle: The New York Times offers a profile of Seventh Circuit judge Diane Wood, a short-lister for the Supreme Court vacancy. Included is a telling story from her daughter: on road trips as a child, the question was not which state they were in, but which circuit.