Shutdown Averted: The Senate reached a deal Monday evening on a budget dispute that will avert another potential government shutdown. The Washington Post reports that Democrats agreed to approve less funding for disaster relief, while Republicans gave up spending cuts.
Abuse Denied: The Iranian lawyer who represented two American hikers recently freed from Iran has denied his former client's claims that they faced abuse in jail, the New York Times reports. The attorney is known for his specialty representing clients with problems relating to the United States.
Mens Rea: The Wall Street Journal explores how the expansion of the U.S. federal criminal code has "eroded" the role that criminal intent plays in securing convictions.
Extradition: The New York Law Journal reports that efforts are underway to extradite a former Crowell & Moring associate from Hong Kong to the U.S. on charges that he stole client escrow funds.
Jackson Doctor: The trial against Michael Jackson's former doctor is expected to begin today. The Los Angeles Times reports that the doctor's attorneys are crafting a defense that blames the pop star's own actions for his death.