Judge Named for Loughner Case: San Diego U.S. District Judge Larry Burns will preside over the trial of Tucson shooter Jared Loughner, now that all federal trial judges in Arizona have been recused. As this story in The Recorder indicates, 9th Circuit chief judge Alex Kozinski picked Burns in part because of his experience, as a judge and as a prosecutor, with the federal death penalty.
New 'Hope' for Copyright Settlement: The Associated Press and artist Shepard Fairey announced plans to settle a copyright dispute over Fairey's use of an AP photo as the basis for his iconic "HOPE" poster of Barack Obama that became a symbol of Obama's 2008 campaign.
Tucson Memorial: In his Tucson speech last night, President Barack Obama showed some of the empathy that has been deemed lacking in his demeanor in the past, this commentary in The Guardian suggests. In the front row of the audience, by the way, were Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Circuit Justice for the 9th Circuit, and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, whose name was in view in recent days because the Phoenix courthouse where shooter Jared Loughner made his first court appearance bears her name.
Oklahoma Ooops: Reciting her oath of office in sub-freezing temperatures, new Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin mistakenly swore to "support, obey, and offend" the Constitution, instead of defending it this week. But no do-over is needed, according to this report, unlike the flubbed oath Obama recited in 2009.