Morning Docket

* A defense of feds’ tactics in Spitzer investigation. [New York Times]
* Justice O’Connor, sitting by designation on Fourth Circuit, hears city council prayer case. [Washington Post]
* Paramount head Brad Grey gives (apparently boring) testimony at Pellicano trial. [Deadline Hollywood Daily via Drudge]
* Hearing to be held on recusal request in Massey Energy case. [AP via How Appealing]
* Michigan lawmakers fail to act on bill to authorize new Democratic primary. [New York Times]
* They got a crush on Obama? Curiosity killed the cat — and cost two State Department contractors their jobs. [Washington Post]

* Another prominent plaintiffs’ lawyer pleads. Today it’s Mel Weiss of Milberg Weiss, to plead guilty in an alleged kickback scheme. Any guesses as to the new firm name? Milberg LLP? [WSJ Law Blog]
* SCOTUS overturns conviction of Louisiana death row inmate, due to improper exclusion of African-Americans from jury. Vote was 7-2, opinion by Alito. [SCOTUSblog; How Appealing (linkwrap)]
* Exciting times for commodities investors spell scary times for regulators. [New York Times]
* SEC investigating Bear Stearns options trading. [Reuters]
* Charges filed in girlfriend-on-toilet case. [AP]

Barack Obama small Senator Barack Hussein Obama Above the Law blog.JPG* Collected coverage of yesterday’s Supreme Court oral argument in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Second Amendment case concerning D.C. gun control. [SCOTUSblog (linkwrap); How Appealing (linkwrap)]
* NJ prosecutors subpoena records from (think AutoAdmit for college students). [AP]
* An update on former Lawyer of the Day Kwame Kilpatrick: the Detroit City Council wants him to resign as mayor, but he’s vowing not to leave. [New York Times]
* Olympic gold-medal hottie who had “close personal relationship” with New York’s latest Luv Guv, David Paterson, says he helped her land a government job. [New York Post via Drudge]
* The full transcript of yesterday’s speech by Barack Obama on race. [Washington Post]

Great Depression 2 Dorothea Lange Migrant Mother Above the Law blog.JPG* “Are we headed for another Great Depression?” [McClatchy]
* Quelle surprise: Bear Stearns shareholder lawsuit (filed in S.D.N.Y. by Coughlin Stoia). [Bloomberg; WSJ Law Blog (PDF of complaint)]
* Speaking of Bear Stearns, here are some law firms losing out on BSC business. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Tenth Circuit reverses convictions of former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio. [AP]
* Harvard Law School will pay the 3L tuition of future students who agree to work for nonprofit organizations or government for five years following graduation. [New York Times via Tax Prof Blog; Harvard Law School (news release)]
* Settlement in Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce (more on this later). [Legal Week]
* SCOTUS to hear Second Amendment / D.C. gun control case today (more on this later too). [New York Times; Reuters]

* Stocks plummet around the world, in wake of deal by JP Morgan Chase to buy Bear Stearns on the cheap. [New York Times]
Update: If you’re interested in learning which lawyers and law firms slaved away over the weekend on the Bear Stearns deal, see here.
* Fed takes action to fight crisis, but may be too late — economy is f**ked (which everyone already knew). [Washington Post; New York Times]
* Lawyer for whore lectures media on ethics. [WSJ Law Blog]
* “Missed connection” between plaintiffs and appellate victory: Seventh Circuit rules Craigslist not liable for discriminatory ads. [How Appealing (linkwrap)]
* Pro se defendant successfully defends himself — in a murder trial. No, not Jonathan Lee Riches. [Washington Post]
* Defendant doctors prevail in John Ritter malpractice suit. [CNN]
* Ruling expected today in Paul McCartney / Heather Mills divorce case. [AP]
* A compensation overview for in-house lawyers. [WSJ Law Blog]
Update: Thanks for the reminder. Professor Jeffrey Rosen’s NYT magazine cover story, a long and detailed survey of the Roberts Court’s business law jurisprudence, is available here.

* Follow the $3.00 gas. [CNN Money]
* Congress moves on taxes. [MSNBC]
* Report shows FBI misused personal info. [New York Times]
* NRCC treasurer accused of embezzling up to $1 million. [Washington Post]
* Speaker Pelosi: Dream ticket? Dream on. [CNN Politics]
* Florida primary do-over looking unlikely. [Washington Post]

Geraldine Ferraro Geraldine Anne Ferraro Above the Law blog.jpg* Geraldine Ferraro leaves Clinton campaign after making remarks about Obama, some of which may have been either exaggerated by others or exaggerations by her. You decide: “Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world, you’re accused of being racist.” and “they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?” [CNN]
* Child advocates oppose naming of Abercrombie and Fitch children’s hospital wing. [CNN]
* Huge mafia man released from prison due to obesity. [MSNBC]
* Plaintiff seeks dismissal of domestic violence case against Randy Moss. [ESPN]

Barack Obama small Senator Barack Hussein Obama Above the Law blog.JPG* Spitzer may — or make that will — resign today. [CNN; New York Times]
* Obama wins Mississippi, picks up more Texas delegates than Clinton. [CNN]
* Gitmo war-crimes tribunal to hear detainee’s case. [MSNBC]
* Houses passes proposal to create independent ethics panel. [Washington Post]
* Another French trader taken into custody in connection with gigantic trading scandal. [AP]
* Irish appeals court chews up, spits out, libel ruling against restaurant critic. [AFP via Drudge]

* Spitzer considers resignation. [New York Times]
* NYT slams him. [New York Times]
* Boeing to protest Air Force contract awarded to Northrop and European Airbus maker. [CNN]
* Oklahoma legislator says gay people are worse than terrorists… [CNN Video]
* Sen. Obama: stop calling me veep. [Washington Post]
* Colorado woman to fight fine for dying dog pink. [Local News]

* Possible Spygate whistleblower nears deal with NFL. [ESPN]
* Pres. Bush flexes executive biceps on CIA interrogation bill. [New York Times]
* Kevin Costner settles lawsuit regarding unfinished masterpiece. [Los Angeles Times]
* Law Blog on changes in frequency of white-collar prosecutions. [WSJ Law Blog]
* It’s illegal to French kiss a child younger than 13 in Virginia. [CNN]

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