Charged: From today's National Law Journal: "A former senior KPMG LLP partner in Los Angeles has been charged with passing confidential information about clients to a close friend in exchange for cash bribes." Coverage here in The New York Times.
Overcrowding: A three-judge district court panel has given California 21 days to come up with a plan to reduce prison overcrowding, The Los Angeles Times reports. "At no point over the past several months have defendants indicated any willingness to comply, or made any attempt to comply, with the orders of this court," the panel said. "In fact, they have blatantly defied them."
Big donor: The Am Law Daily reports: "Simpson Thacher on Hand for Lauder's $1.1 Billion Cubist Art Donation to Met."
Mishandled: "The military justice system at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has been dogged by charges of secret monitoring of proceedings and defense communications, became embroiled in a fresh controversy Thursday when it was revealed that hundreds of thousands of defense e-mails were turned over to the prosecution," The Washington Post reports.
Offline: Chicago criminal courts will begin to ban cell phones in an effort, officials say, to increase the safety of courthouses, The Chicago Tribune reports. Circuit Chief Judge Timothy Evans, the report says, "insists the policy is designed to safeguard criminal courthouses, but he has offered few details to support the need for the ban."
Coming in: "Smoking pot while answering one's front door, then tossing the evidence when seeing it's the police, creates probable cause to search under the plain-view and exigent-circumstances doctrines," The New Jersey Law Journal reports.
Approved: The Wall Street Journal reports: "French lawmakers have approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, a flagship promise of Socialist President François Hollande that faced strong opposition."