Morning Wrap

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: The Supreme Court removes the cap on total political donations, Jerry Sandusky won’t get an appeal in Pennsylvania and former Sen. Scott Brown leaves his law practice.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE DECIDED: The Supreme Court sided with a campaign donor and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday in striking down total contribution limits for political donors. The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle outlined the decision and some justices’ dissent in this story, and she explained the ruling in this PBS NewsHour clip. Also from the NLJ, Tony Mauro covered the reactions among campaign finance experts, and Todd Ruger heard comments from leaders on Capitol Hill.

SANDUSKY DENIED: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said it won’t hear former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s appeal on his convictions of 45 counts of sexual abuse of boys, the Associated Press reported. The Harrisburg Patriot-News outlined what legal steps Sandusky still may take.

SCOTT BROWN OUT: Nixon Peabody says lawyer and former Sen. Scott Brown, who is exploring a 2014 Senate bid in New Hampshire, no longer works for the Boston firm, the Boston Globe reported.

MERGER MANIA: The pace of mergers in the legal world has stayed steady this year after a record-setting 2013, with smaller acquisitions driving the trend. Brian Baxter for American Lawyer reports on an Altman Weil first-quarter study.