Withdrawn: U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice yesterday withdrew her name from consideration for Secretary of State amid fierce opposition from Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, The Wall Street Journal reports. Rice penned this piece in The Washington Post about her decision to step aside. From The New York Times today: "Rice's Blunt Style Endeared Her to President, but Not All."
Close to the finish line: The New York Times reports UBS is in final negotiation with American, British and Swiss authorities to resolve interest rate manipulation allegations. The bank's Japanese unit is expected to plead guilty to a criminal charge. The Wall Street Journal has coverage here.
Unprotected: Prosecutors were allowed to use email communication between a former Virginia politician and his wife in a bribery case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled. The appeals court said Phillip Hamilton took no steps to keep the communication confidential, The National Law Journal reports.
Higher salaries, lower bonuses: From Corporate Counsel today: "General counsel at major corporations saw their base salaries climb, even as cash bonus awards fell in the last year, according to the latest compensation benchmarking figures from the Association of Corporate Counsel."
Voided: A North Carolina state judge has voided three death sentences, saying that race played a significant role in the sentencing of the defendants, The New York Times reports. The judge converted the sentences to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Crank it up: The Florida Supreme Court has struck down the law that banned loud music from cars, The Miami Herald reports. The court declared the law unconstitutional as an “unreasonable restriction on the freedom of expression."
Charged: "A Los Angeles County sheriff's jailer was charged Thursday with assaulting two inmates and falsifying police reports afterward, the first prosecution since abuses in the jails were first alleged more than a year ago," the Los Angeles Times reports today.