Judge Walker: San Francisco Judge Vaughn Walker's dramatic ruling Wednesday striking down the anti-gay-marriage initiative in California dominates legal news. Our story via The Recorder is here. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick notes Walker's numerous citations to Justice Anthony Kennedy here, and John Schwartz in The New York Times examines in this article how the ruling may be received at the Supreme Court. Howard Mintz's wrapup in the Mercury News is here . (Hat tip to Howard Bashman's How Appealing.)
Judge Rader: Plaintiffs in a key case involving human gene patents before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit have filed a motion requesting the recusal of Chief Judge Randall Rader because of remarks he made in May at a biotech conference. The Corporate Counsel story, via law.com, is here.
Judge Crater: A writer has solved the notorious mystery of the disappearance of New York Judge Joseph Force Crater 80 years ago this week -- at least in his head. The New York Times has the story of novelist Peter Quinn's new fact-based but fictional explanation of what happened.