Weekly News Update


*An assault led by the Taliban on a Pakistan military-run school Tuesday left 141 people dead, 132 of which were children, officials say, in the worst attack to hit the country in years. [Fox News]

*Our lack of basic diplomatic relations, an embargo and a travel ban, and its own ideological recalcitrance had helped to place Cuba in another dimension. However, after a major diplomatic shift announced Wednesday, relations between Cuba and The United States are quickly improving. [The New Yorker]

*James Risen, a New York Times reporter, will be subpoenaed to answer questions ahead of an upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information, though a Tuesday hearing indicated there is much confusion about what the journalist may be asked to reveal. [Huffington Post]

*A judge said Thursday he’s leaning toward tossing out four guilty pleas in an insider-trading case, the latest fallout from a recent appeals court ruling criticizing prosecutors’ tactics. [Public Opinion]

*Most low-income tenants in New York face their landlords’ lawyers without lawyers of their own. Critics have long complained that these tenants are all but set up to lose, and often do. With Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing strategy, the lack of counsel in Housing Court is drawing increased attention from City Hall and the court system. [NY Times]

*A U.S. government lawyer faced tough questioning in an appeals court on Monday as he sought to defend a judge’s ruling that Apple Inc conspired with five publishers to raise e-book prices. [Reuters]

*One of the victims hurt in the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse will ask a state appeals court to declare the state’s cap on damage payments unconstitutional. Attorneys for Jordyn Polet plan to argue that the self-imposed cap does not allow all victims to be paid equally, and has resulted in the denial of the right for Polet and other plaintiffs to seek the amount of financial damages they see fit. [WishTV.com]

*One of the year’s biggest events, the annual dinner of the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) Foundation featured lawyers, judges and honored guests at the fashionable Brooklyn Marriott Ballroom last Monday. [Brooklyn Eagle]