Supreme Court Madness: Who will be America's next top jurist? There's no way to tell for sure, of course, but The National Law Journal is giving you a heaping helping of leadup coverage. Tony Mauro games out the front-runners' biggest flaws. Marcial Coyle takes a look at who law professors would like to see on the high court, annd Erwin Chemerinsky says the next justice should be as liberal as John Roberts is conservative.
U.S. Attorney Hirings: The Obama administration announced its first U.S. Attorney picks on Friday, and more could be on the way, write Joe Palazzolo and Amanda Bronstad. The nominations could be a potential hurdle for Obama, given his pledges of bi-partisanship and the still fresh memories of the Bush administration's attorney firing scandal. Nonetheless, about 20 candidates have already come to Washington for a final interview.
Speaking of Attorney Firings: Nathan Lewin, of Washington's Lewin & Lewin, has been fighting with client Elena Sturdza for seven years over whether or not she can fire him. Sturdza, an architect, hired Lewin for a lawsuit she filed against a rival she believed ripped off one of her designs. She later accused Lewin of sabatoging her case and tried to toss him from the case. But the lawyer says Sturdza isn't fit to make that decision on her own, and wants the court to appoint a guardian ad litem for her. Michael Scarcella has the story.
Kidnapping: Seven men will go on trial this week in Washington for the kidnapping and death of an American citizen in Trinidad. The U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Columbia has made a specialty of prosecuting hostage takings that happen abroad, and this case is its biggest yet. Jordan Weissmann reports.