Updated 11:33 a.m.
BP Charges Tossed: Washington white collar defense attorney Reid Weingarten calls it a huge victory: U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has thrown out the key obstruction of Congress charge against a former BP executive, The Associated Press reports.
Mad Judge: U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf wrote on his blog that he is "seriously contemplating" whether to drop a number of criminal immigration cases because of sequestration cuts, The Omaha World-Herald reports. "If a banana republic is what members of Congress want," Kopf writes on herculesandtheumpire.com, "I may help them get it." The post is here.
Holder's Future: The Christian Science Monitor ponders whether President Barack Obama will fire Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., before deciding he won't and giving three reasons why not.
Outsourcing: A watchdog group has accused Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell of contracting out much of the state's legal business to a small group of politically connected trial lawyers who donated to his campaign, WWL TV reports.
The Senate confirmed Michael McShane as Oregon's newest federal judge, the fifth openly gay federal judge appointed by President Obama, The Oregonian reports.