Kagan & The Tea Party: Some conservative activists say they want the Tea Party to play a role in the U.S. Senate's consideration of Elena Kagan for a spot on the U.S. Supreme Court, The National Law Journal reports. Activists and lawmakers are courting Tea Party groups to weigh in on Kagan's nomination. Tea Party coordinators say it isn't yet apparent whether it will become a priority for them.
Arrests in Bomb Plot: A suspect who said he acted as an accomplice to Faisal Shahzad in the attempted car bomb plot in Times Square is under arrest in Pakistan, The Washington Post reports. Federal investigators yesterday executed raids in four northeastern state and arrested three Pakistani men who are suspected of funding Shahzad, The New York Times reports.
Lining up Against Toyota: Dozens of plaintiffs' lawyers lined up in a federal courtroom in California yesterday hoping to get a seat on one of at least three prominent committees in the multi-distrist litigation involving suits against Toyota Motor Corp. The National Law Journal story is here. Plaintiffs' lawyers are concerned more attorneys will be needed to steer the litigation against Toyota. More than 200 suits have been brought by consumers. Click here for The Wall Street Journal write-up of the attorney jockeying in the Toyota litigation.
Aiding Suicide: A 47-year-old licensed practical nurse in Minnesota is charged with two counts of aiding suicide for alleged online chats in which he encouraged two people to commit suicide, The New York Times reports. The defendant, William Melchert-Dinkel, reportedly told investigators that he had most likely encouraged dozens of people to kill themselves. The case is raising novel legal issues about laws banning assisted suicide.
Law & Order, Ripped from TV?: There's a lot of buzz about the crime drama "Law & Order" right now as NBC continues talks over whether to cancel the show, The New York Times reports. People who work on the show were told Thursday that NBC had cancelled the show after 20 seasons. But the Times says NBC hasn't pulled the plug yet. Law & Order is fourth on an ABA Journal ranking of the top 25 legal TV shows. The top three shows on the list: L.A. Law, Perry Mason and the Defenders.