Watergate Lawyer Dies: Frank Strickler represented two of Nixon's top White House aides on criminal charges in the aftermath of the 1972 Watergate break-in and cover-up, and participated in some of the scandal's most dramatic situations, The Washington Post reports. Strickler, who got his law degree at George Washington University, died March 29 at age 92.
Gross Lungs in Court: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments this morning about graphic warning labels on cigarettes. In February, a U.S. District Judge ruled the labels violated the free speech rights of tobacco companies, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration appealed. Reversing that decision "should be an easy call," The New York Times writes.
Anonymous Commenter Sued: A judge and a former prosecutor filed a lawsuit against an anonymous commenter on a Las Vegas Review-Journal story that detailed their romantic relationship, that paper reports. The commenter - who posted under the pseudonym "Lawyer" - posted online that the prosecutor "had sexual relations in order to get promoted."
Right to Foretell: Lawyers for members of a Florida family facing fraud charges are arguing that fortunetelling and spiritual healing are religious beliefs and considered free speech under the Constitution, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Nine members of a gypsy family were arrested in August on federal fraud conspiracy charges and accused of defrauding their clients of $40 million over 20 years.
Strange 'I Do' Breakers: Here are some weird excuses for divorce in Britain: Forced to speak Klingon and dress as one; maliciously and repeatedly serving tuna casserole; tampering with the TV antenna and throwing away his cold cuts; communicating only by Post-it note; not allowing a pet tarantula to sleep near the matirimonial bed, the New York Times reports.