Stepping Down: The BLT reported last night that Judge Michael McConnell, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, is leaving the bench to become director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School. McConnell is one of the most influential federal appeals court judges in the country, says the BLT.
Reason for Hope: The WSJ takes a closer look at the death of David Kellermann, the acting chief financial officer of Freddie Mac found dead at his Vienna, Va. home last month. Police believe Kellerman committed suicide. Still, the WSJ reports he had reason to be hopeful the night before his death. Kellermann had won a favorable accounting ruling from the SEC, and his boss, acting chief executive officer John Koskinen, had instructed him to take the rest of the week off.