Rare Plea: The U.S. Judicial Conference is asking President Barack Obama to be a forceful voice in favor of increased funding for the judicial branch in impending budget battles, Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal reports.
Secret Settlements?: Attorney General Tom Miller wants a judge to ignore its longstanding position that settlement agreements are public, The Associated Press reports.
Bipartisan Battle: Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) write a joint opinion piece about patent trolls, in Politico.
Providence of Bond: Liberty gold coins and Krugerrands for bond appears fishy, said Judge Charles Solomon, with the defendants mother, "a 72-year-old retired carnival worker and part-time palm reader, still sitting in the witness box," The New York Times reports.