Not Guilty: A six-member jury on Saturday acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "Obviously we are ecstatic with the results," defense attorney Mark O'Mara said moments after the verdict was read. "George Zimmerman was never guilty of anything."
Abortion Fights: The Texas state Senate on Saturday passed a sweeping set of abortion restrictions, becoming the latest in a series of state-level political fights that are triggering a frenzy of legal action, The Washington Post reports. "Now people really understand this is national trend, this is a wave," said Louise Melling, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Center of Liberty. "It's an effort to change the landscape across the country for abortion, even if it's state by state."
Billing Rates: Law firms charged the most for finance and securities work last year, and that partner rates in New York outpaced those in any other U.S. or Canadian city by more than $100 an hour, according to a new analysis on billing rates from TyMetrix Legal Analytics and CEB, Corporate Counsel reports.