Guns, Ammo & Hoops: The investigation and potential prosecution of Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas on firearms charges is raising interesting legal issues, The National Law Journal reports. The Arenas case is showing that the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in 2008 in D.C. v. Heller was not the final word in the process of discerning the meaning of the Second Amendment. "Everything Gilbert Arenas did in D.C. would be hunky dory in Virginia," said Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. "On one side of the bridge over the Potomac, he's a law abiding citizen, but step into in D.C. and you can be viewed as a dangerous criminal."
Copyright Challenge: Lawyers for Solid Oak Software Inc. have filed a $2.2 billion copyright infringement suit against the People's Republic of China, among other defendants, alleging the Chinese government used copyrighted software to block citizens from accessing political and religious Web sites the government deemed objectionable, The National Law Journal reports.
Stepping Down: The Washington Post is reporting that Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd is planning to retire at the end of his term. Dodd has scheduled a press conference for today. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announced Tuesday he is not seeking reelection. The New York Times piece on Dodd's plans is here.
Protected Statements: A lawyer's statements about a former chief executive of a hospitality investment company are protected by qualified privileged, a federal judge has ruled, according to The New York Law Journal. The former executive, Frank Orenstein, sued attorney Reid Figel and his law firm, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, accusing Figel of libeling him in a letter sent to a business associate.