Shaping: The New York Times looks at the history of appointments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, concluding that Chief Justice John Roberts has "been quietly reshaping the secret court." Also in the Times today: "Spy Agencies Under Heaviest Scrutiny Since Abuse Scandal of the '70s."
Predicted: "The notion that because the Voting Rights Act had been so tremendously effective we had to stop it didn't make any sense to me," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in an interview with the Associated Press. "And one really could have predicted what was going to happen." The Justice Department yesterday filed papers in San Antonio federal district court in an effort to force Texas to submit to preclearance. Coverage of the new legal strategy here in The Wall Street Journal.
Admitted: From today's Washington Post: "The oil services giant Halliburton agreed Thursday to plead guilty to destroying evidence during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in 2010, admitting to one count of criminal conduct and agreeing to pay the $200,000 maximum statutory fine, according to the Justice Department." Read the charging documents here.
Charged: Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have initiated a major insider-trading case against SAC Capital. Am Law Litigation Daily has this report. The NYT's Dealbook has this story: "A Relentless Prosecutor's Crowning Case."
Vacated: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has vacated Massachusett's first-ever federal death sentence, The National Law Journal reports. "This case is a stark reminder of the consequences of juror dishonesty," Judge Bruce Selya wrote. "Jurors who do not take their oaths seriously threaten the very integrity of the judicial process." The Boston Globe has coverage here.
Who else? Unsealed court papers in the leak prosecution of Stephen Kim reveal a glimpse at the defense strategy: trying to discern other information sources for Fox's James Rosen. The Washington Post has more on the story here.
Reprieve: The Wall Street Journal reports in "Tiny Turtles, Once Doomed, Win a Reprieve": "The Food and Drug Administration has long banned the sale or distribution of little turtles, which, despite their lethargy and charm, are commonly freighted with bacteria on their shells and skin."
Not a fee: "The state Supreme Court has issued a one-year suspension to a Bucks County attorney who agreed to represent a female client in a DUI case in exchange for oral sex." Read the rest of the story here in The Legal Intelligencer.