'Here Comes the Judge': It's been three years since a judge sat full time at the federal courthouse Williamsport, Penn., WNEP of Scranton/Wilkes Barre reports. "I’m a country lawyer. Things have played out in such a way I’ve ended up as one of the federal judges for the middle district,” said new U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann.
Official Business?: U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson will decide this week whether former Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) should have used campaign funds to pay attorneys to defend him in an airport bathroom arrest, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Craigs' attorneys say the expenditure was allowed because the trip was part of his official job duties.
Frivolous Patent Case: The law firm of Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer and two of its partners have been hit with more than $200,000 in sanctions for filing a frivolous patent case and, according to a federal judge in Manhattan, wasting the court's time, the hometown newspaper reports.
Marine Clerk: Retired Marine, who once ordered defense attorneys under his command to stop written communication with Guantanamo detainees because the camp's inspection of their correspondence violated the attorney-client privilege, now the clerk in Denver's federal court, The Denver Post reports.
Troubles for ex-WH Lawyer: Ex-White House lawyer John Farren is going for the insanity defense in attempted murder charge, The New Canaan News reports.