Watching: "In an unusual move that raised the stakes in a major copyright battle between broadcast television networks and the upstart Aereo service, Aereo Inc. on Thursday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the dispute, even though it won in the court below," The National Law Journal reports. Bloomberg has this report, and Hollywood Reporter has coverage here.
Tracking: The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will rehear a dispute over the warrantless use of GPS trackers, The Legal Intelligencer reports today. The panel ruled against the U.S. Justice Department, which urged the court to find police acted in good faith. Volokh Conspiracy blogger Orin Kerr has this analysis today. The panel ruling is here.
Reforming: The New York Times reports: "A presidential advisory committee charged with examining the operations of the National Security Agency has concluded that a program to collect data on every phone call made in the United States should continue, though under broad new restraints that would be intended to increase privacy protections, according to officials with knowledge of the report’s contents." Coverage here in The Wall Street Journal.
Hacking: Federal prosecutors in Alexandria are seeking a 10-month prison sentence in a computer hacking case in which an aspiring medical student tried to change his MCAT scores. The Washington Post reports: The "tech mercenaries got into the system, though their efforts did not go undetected. Now, the 24-year-old University of Michigan graduate whom prosecutors portray in court papers as a desperate — though not wholly unsuccessful — fraudster could be headed to prison. The government's sentencing memo is here.
Missing: In case you missed it, the Associated Press broke this story last night: "Missing American in Iran was on unapproved mission." From the report: "In March 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists, smugglers and organized crime figures. Days later, after an arranged meeting with an admitted killer, he checked out of his hotel, slipped into a taxi and vanished. For years, the U.S. has publicly described him as a private citizen who traveled to the tiny Persian Gulf island on private business." That story, however, was just a cover. The AP says Levinson was working for the CIA.
Removing: The Los Angeles Times reports: "After two decades of legal and political wrangling, a federal judge Thursday ordered the cross atop Mt. Soledad removed within 90 days as a violation of the separation of church and state. But U.S. District Judge Larry Burns stayed the removal order so that those defending the cross have time to appeal." The San Diego Union-Tribune has a report here on the ruling.
Supporting: John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress, arrives at the White House "after having run an organization that has taken millions of dollars in corporate donations in recent years and has its own team of lobbyists who have pushed an agenda that sometimes echoes the interests of these corporate supporters," The New York Times reports.
Elevating: The U.S. Supreme Court is seeking to spend $250,000 to $500,000 on repairs to a private elevator at the high court, The Washington Post reports. "Decorum is important, after all. So is decor," The Post's Al Kamen writes.