A federal grand jury indictment returned last week against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev provided clues about his motive. While hiding in a dry-docked boat before his capture, he scrawled several messages, including: "The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians."


Scott Bloch, the former head of the Office of Special Counsel under the George W. Bush administration, was sentenced to serve 24 months of probation and spend one day in jail. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of destroying government property after hiring an outside computer company to delete files from several work computers, including his own. Bloch angled throughout the course of his case to avoid jail time.


U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has given the green light to a defamation lawsuit filed against the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart by former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod. She accused Breitbart and others of posting deceptively edited content online that made it seem as if she had admitted discriminating against white farmers.


The University of Cincinnati College of Law will cut out-of-state tuition by 30 percent in hopes of attracting students, following a similar move in February by the University of Akron School of Law. "The world is telling us that tuition has gotten too high," dean Louis Bilionis said. Cincinnati's out-of-state tuition and fees will be $28,536 — $5,000 more than the $23,536 Ohio residents will pay.


New York State Bar Association president David Schraver has gone on record opposing a new rule ­requiring attorneys to disclose pro bono service. He complained in a letter to state Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman that the rule would have a "coercive effect" on lawyers that "dilutes the voluntary nature" of their donations of time and money.


Citing a drop in demand for premium legal services that he called the "new normal," executive partner Barry Wolf announced that Weil, Gotshal & Manges would trim associate head count by 7 percent, laying off 110 nonlawyer employees and cutting the compensation of about 10 ­percent of its 334 partners.