Blocked: Senators blocked Debo Adegbile from winning confirmation to lead the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The 47-52 vote included “no” votes from eight Democrats, including Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, who cited “visceral opposition” Adegbile would face in the position, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who joined the others so he might bring the nomination to a vote again. Many opposed Adegbile because of his work defending Mumia Abu-Jamal in Philadelphia. Todd Ruger of The National Law Journal has the full story.

Charges on the way: Three former executives from Dewey & LeBoeuf may be charged Thursday for misleading others about the financial health of the now-defunct firm. The New York Times previews the filing of criminal charges.

Football suit: A plaintiffs firm is suing the NCAA and athletic conferences for colluding to keep scholarship amounts lower than the cost of universities, according to The Recorder.

Unmasked: News site Philly.com may have to reveal the identity of an anonymous online commentor who called a union leader a “pedophile,” a judge ordered. The Legal Intelligencer has more.