In custody: A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden is in federal custody and expected to make his first appearance today in Manhattan federal district court on charges he conspired to kill Americans. The capture has renewed debate over whether terror defendants should be tried in federal civilian courts or in military tribunals.
Tossed: From The National Law Journal today: Years after a lawyer handles a client's securities filing, he learns that a third-party left out a key provision. In the interim, the attorney has jumped firms. Is the attorney's new law firm liable? Not according to U.S. District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer, who dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by Impac Secured Assets Corp. against SNR Denton."
Quitting time: "U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn will no longer be holding his usual hearings after hours in his Manhattan courtroom because of the billions of dollars in congressionally mandated federal spending cuts that took effect this month," Bloomberg reports. “As long as sequestration lasts, 5 p.m. will be the stop time,” Glenn recently told lawyers.
Delayed: A federal trial judge in Michigan says he won't issue a ruling in a same-sex marriage dispute until the U.S. Supreme Court rules, the Detroit Free Press reports. "I think it's worth the wait," the judge said at a hearing. "I don't know what the Supreme Court is going to do."
King of spam: A virtual spam kingpin has avoided any more time in prison via a plea deal with the Justice Department.