Confined: "An Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified documents in United States history testified Thursday that he felt like a doomed, caged animal after he was arrested in Baghdad and accused of sending the military and diplomatic documents to the secret-spilling Web site WikiLeaks," the Associated Press reports. More coverage here and here.
Payday: The AmLaw Daily reports on year-end associate bonuses today. "When it comes to year-end associate bonuses, it appears the legal industry's top tier still follows Cravath, Swaine & Moore." So far, four Am Law firms--Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Proskauer Rose; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom--say they will match the bonus scale Cravath established.
Snared: A senior editor at TheStreet.com is cooperating with federal authorities in an insider-trading probe, The Wall Street Journal reports. The editor hasn't been charged in the alleged criminal scheme.
Waiting: From the Los Angeles Times today: "At San Francisco City Hall, officials are awaiting their moment in history, but they just don't know when it will come." The U.S. Supreme Court today is prepared today to take up the issue of gay marriage, choosing whether or not to review pending disputes, including California's Proposition 8 case.
Reversed: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has vacated the convictions of two tax attorneys charged in a conspiracy to push illegal tax shelters, The New York Law Journal reports.
Sued: Advocates for immigrant rights are challenging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's order denying driver's licences for young immigrants who have work permits, the Associated Press reports.
Water, water everywhere: Even on Mercury. NASA scientists reported yesterday the discovery of 100 billion to one trillion tons of ice on the planet closest to the Sun. One NASA official said there's enough ice to encase Washington, D.C. in a frozen block two and a half miles deep. Reuters columnist Jack Shafer said in a tweet: "Do it!"