The Am Law 100: "For the first time ever neither Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom nor Baker & McKenzie heads The Am Law 100’s gross revenue rankings, as DLA Piper—already the world’s largest firm by head count—claims the top spot." The 2013 Am Law 100 full report is here. Features include: Spring Awakening, and Disappearing Act. Here's a look at how an enormous contingency fee, coupled with merger integration, boosted Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
Silenced: Federal agents' reading of Miranda rights to Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev silenced him, officials said Thursday. In The Boston Globe, the carjack victim recounts his night riding at gunpoint with the Tsarnaev brothers. "Danny thought about his burgeoning startup and about a girl he secretly liked in New York. 'I think, ‘Oh my god, I have no chance to meet you again,’” the victim recalled, according to the Globe. Tsarnaev is now being held in a prison medical center.
Money flow: The New York Times investigates the long legal history of farmers' discrimination claims, exposing how Obama administration political appointees in the Agriculture and Justice departments engineered a "stunning" deal to commit $1.3 billion to thousands of Hispanic and female farmers who had never claimed bias in court. The Times says the deal was made over the objections of career lawyers and agency officials who said the evidence didn't support systemic discrimination.
Flying deal: The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to give the Federal Aviation Administration more budget flexibility in a move to put air traffic controllers back in their towers, The Washington Post reports.
Out of reach: From today's Washington Post, a spy story: "The Justice Department on Thursday announced the indictment of a former State Department employee for allegedly spying on behalf of Cuba, but it is unable to arrest her because she lives in Sweden, a country that does not extradite citizens accused of espionage."
Pardon her: A federal judge in Florida blasted the U.S. Justice Department over the prosecution of an 80-year-old woman in a tax case, urging the defendant and her lawyer, Roy Black, to petition the president for a pardon, Daily Business Review reports. The judge, Kenneth Ryskamp, sentenced the woman, Mary Estelle Curran, to probation before suspending it. Curran was on probation for five seconds. Ryskamp on the pardon petition: "if the government didn't join in on it, I think it's just spiteful."