Tough on Crime: Obama has nominated former prosecutors for the judiciary more often than either Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush, the San Francisco Gate reports.
Bonds Panel Revealed: Oral arguments for former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction will be heard Feb. 13 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, by senior judges Mary Schroeder and Michael Daly Hawkins along with Judge Mary Murguia, The Associated Press reports.
Mosque Fighter: The city of Norwalk, Conn., has hired Marci Hamilton, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, to fight against a proposed mosque in the town, The Hour reports.
How About No?: U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith decides that a Michigan lawyer who pleaded guilty to illegally possessing an unregistered machine gun should not be allowed to delay a notification process and continue practicing law until he is sentenced in April, The Flint Journal reports.
Frat Suit Tossed: U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott dismissed the $10 million civil rights lawsuit filed by the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at Miami University in Ohio, which accused university officials of "malice, hatred and ill will," The Associated Press reports. The frat was suspended after a fireworks battle with another frat house led police to find marijuana inside Phi Kappa Tau.