Caught: The Serbian president announced today the arrest of war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic, accused of orchestrating the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, The New York Times reports. Mladic is a former Bosnian Serb general whom the authorities sought for more than 15 years.
Backing Out: Goodwin Liu, whose nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit was the target of a Republican filibuster, withdrew his name Wednesday. "With no possibility of an up-or-down vote on the horizon, my family and I have decided that it is time for us to regain the ability to make plans for the future," Liu wrote in a letter to President Obama, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Recorder has more Liu coverage here.
Transfers: A South Texas College of Law professor examined law school transfers in a recent article, The National Law Journal reports, and concluded the system benefits students but not less-prestigious schools that invest in talented students only to see them leave after the first year. "The bottom line on transfers is that they are not bringing anyone new into the law school pipeline," Jeffrey Rensberger said. "We're shifting people around without adding any talent or diversity. That's what makes me wonder about the utility of it."
Officers Tested: The New York Times reports on a grand jury inquiry in New York that's focusing on "the age-old practice of ticket-fixing." The investigation hasn't yielded any arrests. But defense lawyers are pitching ticket-fixing questions to police officers who are witnesses in unrelated criminal cases.
Convicted: The New York Law Journal reports the conviction of lawyers in the Jenkins & Gilchrist/BDO Seidman tax shelter case marks stepped up enforcement against lawyers who promote transactions to generate paper losses.
Debt Strategy: A lawyer with $160,000 in law school debt is developing a niche practice helping graduates with their student loan debt, the Hartford Business Journal reports. The attorney, Joshua Cohen, is a 2007 graduate of Quinnipiac School of Law.
Unfit: A federal judge has declared Jared Loughner, the man charged in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona in January, mentally incompetent to stand trial. Loughner, removed from court yesterday following an outburst, is due back in court in September for an update on his condition.