Missing data: From The New York Times today: "Nearly two decades after lawmakers began requiring background checks for gun buyers, significant gaps in the F.B.I.’s database of criminal and mental health records allow thousands of people to buy firearms every year who should be barred from doing so." The Wall Street Journal has this story today: "Lack of Data Slows Studies of Gun Control and Crime." The National Rifle Association is scheduled today to meet with reporters.
Dismissed: A New York state appeals panel upheld the dismissal of a class action that accused New York Law School of misleading potential students about graduates' success in the legal market, The New York Law Journal reports.
Onward to trial: Prosecutors will be allowed to use the cocaine and cash evidence seized in 2005 in the landmark GPS tracking case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The presiding judge in Washington federal district court, Ellen Segal Huvelle, concluded that federal agents had already targeted a drug stash house before the installation of the tracking device. The high court this year ruled the warrantless use of the device violated Fourth Amendment rights.
Sentenced: The younger brother of Bernard Madoff was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for his role in a fraud scheme that bilked billions of dollars from investors, The New York Times reports. "A lawyer by training, Peter Madoff is the second figure in the scandal to be sentenced. His older brother, Bernard, pleaded guilty in March 2009 and is serving a prison term of 150 years," the report says.
Sweet sales: From The Recorder today: "Feds to Med Pot Sellers: Deal Candy, not Weed." From the article: "Lawyers, medical cannabis advocates, patients, city officials and reporters packed into a San Francisco courtroom Thursday for the first hearing in the federal government's effort to shutter the state's largest marijuana dispensary." The New York Times has this front-page story today: "Marijuana, Not Yet Legal for Californians, Might as Well Be."