Government Shutdown Uncertain: The lights were on at the White House late into the night as President Obama and congressional leaders tried to narrow the gap in budget negotiations to forestall a government shutdown. Politico reports progress was made, but no deal yet.
Skilling Conviction Stands: He may have won at the Supreme Court level, but former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling's conspiracy conviction will stand, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled Wednesday. He'll be resentenced, however. Read more from the Houston Chronicle. (Hat tip to How Appealing.)
Kagan, Katyal E-mail Release: A recent release of documents from the solicitor general's office under the Freedom of Information Act has opened a window on the internal workings of the office around the time of then-SG Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court last year. Our story is here.
Insider Trading Alleged: Our sibling publication New Jersey Law Journal has the story of a Wilson Sonsini senior associate who allegedly stole law firm information in a large insider trading scheme.
Bloch Sentence Blocked: Scott Bloch, former head of the Office of Special Counsel, can stay out of prison for a while longer, our Mike Scarcella reported here last night. Bloch's sentencing judge begrudgingly stayed Bloch's sentence while he appeals it on the grounds that when he pled guilty to withholding information from Congress, he believed the offense would not carry a prison term.