Spotlight: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, is expected to appear Saturday for arraignment in a military courtroom at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, NPR reports.
Closing Time: Amid a wave of partner defections, Dewey & LeBoeuf is poised to close by May 15 if not sooner, sources told The AmLaw Daily. The Wall Street Journal has more coverage here on the fallout at the firm.
Moved: The federal judge presiding over the Deepwater Horizon litigation has set the trial date for Jan. 14, 2013, more than 10 months after it was supposed to begin, The Wall Street Journal reports. The National Law Journal says the judge, Carl Barbier, has given preliminary approval to the settlement between BP PLC and individuals and businesses. BP has estimated the deal to be worth $7.8 billion.
Rambling: As the Roger Clemens perjury case unfolds in Washington, former baseball slugger Barry Bonds is vying for a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The Recorder has the story. Bonds, convicted last year on an obstruction count, says in an appellate brief: "Rambling under oath is not a federal crime."
Sentenced: A former National Archives employee will now serve 18 months in prison for theft of government property, The Washington Post reports. Leslie Waffen told a federal judge in Maryland that he became obsessed with historical audio.
Revealed: The New York Times reports on newly released Osama bin Laden letters that "provide a sort of anthropology of a terror network." Bin Laden, killed in a raid last year, spent the last months of his life concerned about his legacy, the letters reveal. NPR has coverage here.
Responding: In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, John Yoo, who won this week in a terror suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, writes: "If we are to prevail in this unprecedented war, those elected and appointed to office must show that they will protect those who fight."