Falling: From today's National Law Journal, a story on starting salaries at large firms: "Any hope that starting salaries at large law firms would climb past the $160,000 mark would appear to be forlorn. For the third year in a row, the percentage of large firms paying that much to new associates fell during 2012."
Guilty: A federal jury convicted 16 Amish men and women in Ohio on hate crime charges for their roles in hair-and-beard-cutting attacks. "The victims in this case are members of a peaceful and traditional religion who simply wanted to be left to practice their religion in peace," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said. "Unfortunately, the defendants denied them this basic right and they did so in the most violent way." More coverage here.
Fined: Taiwanese electronics manufacturer AU Optronics Corp. must pay $500 million for its role in a global price-fixing conspiracy in the sale of liquid crystal display screens, The Recorder reports. The U.S. Justice Department had sought a $1 billion sanction.
In the fray: The New York Times examines the death of border agent Brian Terry today. "His death has been at the center of a nasty confrontation between Congressional Republicans and the Obama administration over the planning, execution and wisdom of an operation that went so wrong." DOJ's inspector general yesterday told members of Congress that a White House aide declined to cooperate in the Fast and Furious probe.
Taped: From The New York Law Journal today: "New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly's plan to expand the videotaping of interrogations to all 76 precincts is a "major breakthrough" that will likely encourage law enforcement agencies throughout the state to record post-arrest statements, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said yesterday."
Clinched: The former Montreal Expos, now doing business as the Washington Nationals, clinched a spot in Major League Baseball's postseason last night with a win over the Dodgers of Los Angeles. This is Washington's first trip to the playoffs in nearly 80 years.