Weekly News Update


*Manhattan prosecutors will pursue a retrial of the New Jersey man charged in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced Monday after the original trial ended in a hung jury earlier this month. [Wall Street Journal]

*An anti-Muslim movie trailer that set off protests in 2012 returned to the spotlight on Monday when a federal appeals court ruled that YouTube should not have been forced to remove the crude video from its website. [NY Times]

*In a move that could brighten retirement prospects for millions of Americans, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers have a duty to keep watch over 401(k) plans to guard against high management fees that can erode retirement savings. [LA Times]

*Nothing can keep a lawyer up at night like the fear of missing a deadline or failing to file a required document. Not only do such errors do a disservice to the client, they can make the attorney look like a fool. Well, apparently not every lawyer has those worries. [FindLaw]

*Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to demand a halt to National Security Agency collection of ordinary Americans’ phone data, ended his daylong speech just before midnight. [Huffington Post]

*The New York Court of Appeals ruled that reforms of drug sentences should be applied to parolees in a split decision issued last Thursday. [Capital New York]

*The state Senate threw dog owners a tasty bone last Wednesday by passing a bill that allows their pooches to tag along to outdoor cafes. [New York Post]

*Federal district judges are often described as the quintessential deciders, whether from the bench or in written opinions. But what happens when a difficult question arises, the parties are in sharp disagreement, and the answer is not obvious? Turns out they often rely on a rarely discussed resource: the jurist-to-jurist lifeline. [NY Times]