New Judge in Town: President Barack Obama has nominated Venable partner Robert Wilkins, formerly of the D.C. Public Defender Service, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, The BLT reported late Thursday. He also nominated Yale deputy general counsel Susan Carney to the 2nd Circuit.
Toyota's Liability: Toyota has relied on outside consultant Exponent Inc. to conduct an investigation into sudden acceleration. But Toyota didn't actually hire the consultant. Its defense lawyers did, The Washington Post reports.
59-39: The Senate late Thursday approved its version of a financial regulatory overhaul, the Wall Street Journal reports. A House-Senate conference is next.
Kentucky's Senate Race: The Lexington Herald-Leader reports on the continuing debate over Republican nominee Rand Paul and his views on racial discrimination in places of public accommodation.
James Bopp's Handiwork: Ahead of June 8 primary elections, San Diego won't be able to enforce parts of a city ordinance restricting campaign contributions by political parties, The National Law Journal reports.
Congressional Cash: Quite a few U.S. senators have had little or no contact with automated teller machines, The Washington Post reports.