Unilateral Pardon: In an interview with the Washington Post, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he intends to grant two Americans imprisoned on espionage charges a "unilateral pardon."
Not Cute: The Austin federal judge who made headlines for his creative admonitions to attorneys received a note from the circuit chief judge telling him to tone it down. The Texas Lawyer reports that Edith Jones, chief judge of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, did not intend for the letter to be made public.
Abuse Investigation: The New York Times reports that human rights lawyers and victims of sexual abuse by clergy are asking the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate the role of the Vatican in supporting and covering up allegations of sexual assault by priests against children.
Pharma Prosecutions: Defense lawyers who represent corporate executives at pharmaceutical companies are concerned about growing use of a statue that allows U.S. authorities to hold executives personally and criminally responsible for corporate violations of U.S. food and drug laws, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Dixon Settlement: The Washington Post also reports on the preliminary approval of a settlement agreement in a 37-year-old class action over how Washington officials handle services and care for the mentally ill.