Cell Bloch: In a late-breaking development last night in the case of Scott Bloch, the former head of the Office of Special Counsel, a magistrate judge said Bloch must spend at least a month in jail for lying to Congress. But his sentencing is still not final as all sides ponder Judge Deborah Robinson's determination that contempt of Congress carries a mandatory minimum prison term -- a view that both prosecution and defense have argued against. Our Mike Scarcella has the story.
Halligan in the Spotlight: We also had late coverage by colleague David Ingram of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Caitlin Halligan, President Obama's pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The highly respected appellate lawyer was grilled by Republicans on statements she made or signed onto, a possible omen of at least some GOP opposition to her nomination.
How's Howrey? The exodus of partners from Howrey to Winston & Strawn and elsewhere continues, with consequences for the firm and its debt obligations, according to stories by our sibling publications here and here.
Voting Rights Challenge: The effort by localities to get out from under Justice Department pre-clearance for election practices continued Wednesday with a hearing before Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court in D.C. The Washington Post had this story on the hearing in an Alabama case.