Prop 8 Case Returns: The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide the crucial standing question in the litigation over Proposition 8, which sought to ban gay marriage. At issue is whether the supporters of the initiative have standing to defend it when the state won't, according to our sibling publication The Recorder and this article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
'Watson' Wins at Jeopardy: It was machine over man in this week's Jeopardy episodes, with IBM's 'Watson' computer beating two previous human champions at the game. The New York Times reports it wasn't just Watson's artificial intelligence that carried the day; the computer could hit the buzzer in 10 milliseconds when it was confident of the answer, making it almost impossible for humans to beat.
Breyer in Florida: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, in a talk in West Palm Beach, Florida, fielded questions on issues ranging from Wikileaks to Bush v. Gore. On the question of Supreme Court appointments, AP reported that Breyer said any president who thinks an appointee will always decide the way the president wants "should have his head examined."
Jailhouse Lawyer: A New York man who spent 15 years seeking and winning exoneration from murder charges has sued his prosecutors and police for $150 million in damages. The New York Law Journal has the story.