Disbarred: From today's National Law Journal: "Plaintiffs attorney Stanley Chesley has been disbarred from practicing law in Kentucky, and the move may crimp his ability to practice in Ohio, where his firm, Waite Schneider Bayless & Chesley, is based."
Charged: Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged the brother of Galleon Group's Raj Rajaratnam with insider trading allegations, The New York Times reports. “As alleged, Rengan Rajaratnam and his brother shared more than DNA; they also shared a penchant for insider trading,” Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, said.
Released: "After spending some 23 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit, David Ranta walked out of a Brooklyn courtroom a free man yesterday after prosecutors conceded the evidence against him had "degraded" to the point that they could not prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt," The New York Law Journal reports today. The New York Times background piece on the case.
Quitting: A California judge who's charged with bilking an elderly neighbor has resigned from the bench, The Recorder reports. "Judge Seeman has had a distinguished career, and he felt this was an appropriate action to take at this time for the good of the court," said Seeman's attorney, Kathleen Ewins of Long & Levit in San Francisco.
Affirmed: The Washington Post reports: "A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a key provision of Maryland’s gun-control laws, maintaining the state’s tough restrictions on carrying handguns in public places."
Freed: "When Berks County Court of Common Pleas Judge Stephen Lieberman increased the sentence of a sex offender sevenfold, he clearly showed judicial vindictiveness, a federal judge ruled," The Legal Intelligencer reports today.
At the center: From NPR, a spotlight on next week's Supreme Court argument: "Meet The 83-Year-Old Taking On The U.S. Over Same-Sex Marriage."