Ed Koch dies: Ed Koch, a former mayor of New York, has died. From The New York Times obituary: "Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88." The Washington Post has coverage here. And here's The Wall Street Journal piece. Koch spent much of his post-mayoral days working for law firms in New York.
Beer stopper: The U.S. Justice Department is flexing its antitrust muscle under new leadership in moving to block Anheuser-Busch InBev NV's planned merger with Grupo Modelo, the Mexican company that owns the Corona brand, The National Law Journal reports. The Wall Street Journal has this report on the enforcement action, filed in Washington's federal trial court. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has coverage here.
Prosecutor killed: The New York Times reports: "A county prosecutor in this small town southeast of Dallas was fatally shot on Thursday morning near the courthouse by one or perhaps two gunmen, whom witnesses described as wearing masks, black clothing and tactical-style vests, the authorities said."
Stepping down: Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, is leaving the agency in mid-February. Reuters reports on the four people who are considered most-likely successors: fellow commissioners Julie Brill and Edith Ramirez, Howard Shelanski, the director of the FTC's Bureau of Economics, and Philip Weiser, "a veteran of the White House and Justice Department, who now teaches law at the University of Colorado in Boulder."
Cross a line?: From The National Law Journal today: "A Chicago attorney who writes a blog highlighting what she describes as Illinois' corrupt probate system faces an ethics complaint."
Sentenced: The Washington Post reports on the drug sentencing of a former Georgetown Law Center student charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The former student, Marc Gersen, "was leading a second, secret life that his teachers and old friends knew nothing about." The trial judge sentenced Gersen to four years in prison.