Play Ball: Former baseball slugger Barry Bonds' trial on perjury charges is set to begin today in San Francisco federal district court. The New York Times writes about Bonds' all-star team of defense lawyers, including Allen Ruby, Cris Arguedas and Dennis Riordan.
Weathering The Storm: A double-digit decline in the number of new filings in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York helped the court grapple with a substantial number of judicial vacancies, The New York Law Journal reports. The number of new cases filed dropped by nearly 12 percent.
Veteran v. Rookie: Caitlin Halligan, general counsel for the New York district attorney, is expected today to argue in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case about whether evidence from an unlawful police stop must be suppressed. Kristina Schwarz, a lawyer for The Legal Aid Society who has not argued previously in the high court, represents the defendant. Last month, The National Law Journal reported that Republicans appeared skeptical about the nomination of Halligan for a slot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Purchased: AT&T Inc. on Sunday announced a $39 billion cash and stock deal to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom, combining the second and fourth largest wireless carriers, The Wall Street Journal reported. It's unclear whether regulators will approve shrinking the number of national wireless operators in the United States from four to three. The New York Times reported that AT&T would add 33.7 million customers in the deal.