Rove Testifies, and Talks: The Washington Post and The New York Times have dueling stories on Karl Rove's involvement in the firing of U.S. attorneys. Rove finished his behind-closed-doors testimony Thursday with investigators from the House Judiciary Committee, freeing up the newspapers to run quotes from an interview they conducted weeks ago. The Post reports that interviews and e-mails show "a greater role than previously understood." But, reports The Times, "Mr. Rove said he played only a peripheral role in the removal of the prosecutors."
Associates Survey: The American Lawyer's annual survey of midlevel associates is out — and, as expected, there is not a lot of happiness. Click here for the intro from Law.com. Associate morale plummeted to the lowest level in the five years the question has been asked, while a third of associates saw a drop-off in their workload. Other disappointments mentioned were pay cuts and a lack of transparency on layoffs and on firm finances.
Chuggin' Along: Increased regulation of the railroad industry is gaining steam, The Wall Street Journal reports. President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Surface Transportation Board — Daniel Elliott III, former associate general counsel at a railroad union — said Wednesday he would be "proactive" in addressing alleged pricing abuses. Legislation is also moving forward to empower the Justice Department to look at the industry.
Time-Barred?: The Associated Press reports on a federal appeals court ruling Thursday that said the Supreme Court should weigh in on the conviction of a reputed Ku Klux Klansman. The case involves James Ford Seale, 73, who was convicted in 2007 of abducting two 19-year-old friends who authorities said were beaten, weighted down and thrown, possibly still alive, into a Mississippi River backwater in 1964.