Terrorist Attack: President Barack Obama yesterday said authorities would track down all responsible for a failed Christmas Day attempt to detonate explosives on a plane, even as Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack, The New York Times reports. Meanwhile, critics are asking why security procedures didn't catch the attacker before he boarded the plane, and the Department of Homeland Security is moving to strengthen the system, the Times reports.
Salary Negotiations: The decade-long fight over judicial pay in New York state took a new twist this week, when New York's Commission on Judicial Conduct censured an upstate county court judge for suggesting that judges refuse to handle some cases from legislators' law firms as a negotiating tactic. The New York Law Journal has the story here. The New York Times story is here.
Gotta Have a Gimmick: The American Association for Justice has brought its fight against efforts to limit malpractice suits to...the Metro. The New York Times reports the trial lawyers' lobby spent $100,000 to buy space in a station regularly used by lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff for a month.
High Hopes: A growing number of state legislatures are considering measures that would relax penalties on marijuana use, the Associated Press reports (via The Washington Post).
Dressed for Court: The case over Janet Jackson's Superbowl halftime wardrobe malfunction is going back to court. The Legal Intelligencer (via law.com) reports that the 3rd Circuit - which was ordered to reconsider the case by the Supreme Court - has ordered both sides to file supplemental briefs.