Immigration Detention: Galvanized by a petition sent by 100 men, locked up without charges in Manhattan, the New York City Bar Association has sent volunteers into the jail to offer legal counsel to detainees, the New York Times reports. The bar association issued a report today calling for all the detainees to be provided with counsel.
Iraqi Elections: Vice President Joe Biden is in Baghdad today pressing for new election law in the country, AFP reports. He's joined by President Massud Barzani of Iraqi Kurdistan. The two men are concerned that a January vote will have to be delayed as the country's Kurdish fation refused to attend a vote over a compromise bill.
Polygamy Trial: The trial of a middle-aged man accused of sexually assaulting a teen that he took as one of his nine wives is underway. Raymond Merril Jessop, who was a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or FLDS, when the group's Texas compound was raided by officials in 2008, is accused of fathering a child with a 16-year-old girl. Prosecutors also plan to argue that the marriage wasn't legal because he already had several wives, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jessop has pleaded not guilty.
New Grisham: The New York Times reviews John Grisham's latest work, a collection of short stories—his first such endeavor. Grisham took seven unused plot ideas and put them together into a "sharp, lean tale free of subplots and padding," the Times writes. "Exactly when and how will a tricky legal issue arise? You needn’t see it coming to know it will be there," the review continues.