Zero Hour Nears: As the federal government shutdown grinds on, the worst is yet to come for lawyers and their clients, federal agencies and the judiciary, whose reserve funds will run out soon. Todd Ruger has the story.
Chief Justice's Early Days: Ten years after Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. argued his last case before the court, a close look at his appellate career offers important insights about arguing and winning before the court that he now leads. Tony Mauro reports that as the new term of the court begins, his approach also offers clues to the chief justice he has become.
D.C. Adoption Controversy: A decision this summer by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in an adoption case has put two young children in limbo and raised questions about how judges decide what's in a child's best interest in a fight over custody. Zoe Tillman takes a look.
Toyota Plaintiffs Target Vehicle Electronics: The sudden-acceleration litigation against Toyota shifts to Oklahoma today, as plaintiffs attorneys for the first time blame vehicle electronics for a crash that injured the driver and killed a front-seat passenger. Amanda Bronstad reports.
Justices' Order: Read This Brief: The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered lawyers in an upcoming case to read and be prepared to discuss an amicus brief. Tony Mauro reports the order may be the first of its kind.