Disapproving: A New York Times / CBS News poll reveals 44 percent of Americans approve of the job the U.S. Supreme Court is doing. The rating is a "fresh indication that the court's standing with the public has slipped significantly in the past quarter-century."
Reducing: The Los Angeles Times reports a new law targeting California's budget shortfall has led to a more than sixfold increase in the number of state prison parolees freed from law enforcement supervision. A little-known law has sped up the release process.
Pleading: Former D.C. Council chairman Kwame Brown is expected to plead guilty today in Washington federal district court to a bank fraud charge. The Washington Post reports the jockeying is underway to take over leadership of the council.
Declining: From The National Law Journal: "Employment rates for the law school class of 2011 hit an 18-year low, according to new NALP data. Only two-thirds of recent graduates are in jobs that require bar membership."
Confessing: The man charged in the disappearance of Etan Patz wrote a short confession on a picture of the 6-year-old boy, The New York Times reports. The authorities also said the man, Pedro Hernandez, provided a lengthy videotaped confession in which he admitted strangling Patz, who was last seen walking to school in 1979.
Suing: More than 2,000 former pro football players are suing the National Football League in Pennsylvania federal district court over health problems, The Legal Intelligencer reports.