Big Day Thursday: The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release a decision on the Affordable Care Act on the same day the House is expected to vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. in contempt. In case you missed Monday’s National Law Journal coverage: the Court ruled that judges can't impose mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles convicted of homicide; would not reconsider its widely criticized Citizens United decision; and narrowed the scope of Arizona's tough anti-immigration law.
Hairy Sentence: A Utah judge is under fire after he offered to lop 150 hours of community service from a 13-year-old girl’s sentence if her mom would cut off her pony tail right there in the courtroom, The Los Angeles Times reports. 7th District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen poised the unusual deal in a case where the girl had cut several locks off of a toddler’s hair at a McDonald’s restaurant.
Closed Captioning Case to be Heard: A Massachusetts federal judge refused to throw out a lawsuit against Netflix Inc. that accuses the Internet streaming service of discriminating against the deaf, The Los Angeles Times reports. The National Association for the Deaf brought suit because Netflix fails to provide closed captioning on all of the movies and TV shows it makes available.
Madoff Settlement: Investors in four funds that lost more than $1.2 billion in Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme will receive $405 million in payouts over the next three years, The Associated Press reports. New York’s attorney general said Monday he had settled state civil charges filed in 2009 against hedge fund manager J. Ezra Merkin claiming breach of fiduciary duty.
Heroin Burrito: rock band name, or crime?: The New York Daily News can handle this one: “A dim-witted former sheriff's deputy in Los Angeles will spend two years behind bars for trying to slip courthouse jail prisoners a burrito stuffed with heroin.”