Filed: The U.S. Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on gay marriage, saying the Constitution projects the right for gays and lesbians to marry. The Los Angeles Times has this report. More coverage here and here.
Arrived: Congress and the White House haven't yet reached a deal to avoid across-the-board automatic cuts. From The Washington Post: "One day before automatic spending cuts were due to hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies, Congress on Thursday abandoned efforts to avert the reductions and left town for the weekend. The sequester is here, and policymakers have no plans to end it."
Merged: From Corporate Counsel today, this story: Most Big M&A Deals Faced Legal Challenges in 2012. "It was a rare merger or acquisition deal in 2012 that escaped legal challenges from shareholders, according to a study released Thursday by Cornerstone Research, which specializes in analyzing financial issues in commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings," the report said.
Dear Congress: Patricia Wald, a former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is urging Congress to fill vacant slots on the Washington-based appeals court. Wald has this op-ed in The Washington Post.
Disclosed: From NPR today: "A military judge in Fort Meade, Md. accepted 10 guilty pleas from Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on Thursday. Manning pleaded guilty to lesser charges, but he is still facing a court marshal over the charge of aiding the enemy."
Suspended: From The New York Law Journal today: "A Manhattan personal injury attorney who deceived Jamaican officials so he could enter into a bigamous marriage with his long-time mistress in 2004 has been suspended for six months."