New rules: President Obama vows the development of new criteria for the use of drones in attacks against alleged terror targets, saying the United States is at a "crossroads" in the global fight against terrorism, The Washington Post reports. “As our fight enters a new phase, America’s legitimate claim of self-defense cannot be the end of the discussion,” Obama said in a speech Thursday. “To say a military tactic is legal, or even effective, is not to say it is wise or moral in every instance.” In today's New York Times: "C.I.A. to Focus More on Spying, a Difficult Shift." Reuters examines pending lawsuits around the country that are rooted in the government's targeted killing program. Obama in his speech called on the Justice Department to review its rules on subpoenas that target the media.
After Pat: From today's Chicago Tribune: "The lawyer picked Thursday to succeed Patrick Fitzgerald as Chicago's U.S. attorney is a former federal prosecutor best known for taking on corrupt politicians and powerful institutions such as the University of Notre Dame." The nominee, Zachary Fardon, oversees the Chicago litigation department at Latham & Watkins.
Confirmed: Sri Srinivasan, a top appellate lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department, will become the newest member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The National Law Journal has this report. The confirmation was the first for the prominent appeals court in seven years, NPR reports. The Wall Street Journal has this report on Srinivasan.
Merging: "Partners at Carlton Fields are preparing to vote next week on a proposed merger with Jorden Burt that would create a 310-lawyer firm. Talks between the two firms have been ongoing for more than a year, and the vote is considered a formality, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions," The Am Law Daily reports. Carlton Fields would establish itself in Washington and in Connecticut if the merger goes through.
Guilty: The Los Angeles Times reports: "A Mexican drug cartel commander pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and attempted murder in a 2011 ambush south of the border that left one American agent dead and a second injured, and which sharply strained U.S.-Mexico relations."
Reinstated: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reinstated an inmate's challenge to conditions inside the federal prison at Ray Brook, N.Y., The New York Law Journal reports. The prisoner, Ellis Walker, claims he was "jammed into a 174-square-foot cell with five other inmates for almost 28 months," according to the report.