Defenses Dropped: Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory, the nation’s top law enforcement official told The New York Times on Monday.

New Leader: Dan Reidy, most recently head of Jones Day’s Chicago office, was named head of the firm’s biggest practice, its 450-attorney business and tort litigation group, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

Laughing Matter: There’s at least one good way to get a belly laugh from Justice Clarence Thomas, The New York Times reports.

Forgiveness Questioned: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is considering whether law firm Cozen O’Connor, which has a Washington lobbying shop, should be allowed to forgive $450,000 owed by a sitting U.S. congressman, The Huffington Post reports.

Stand Back: Federal judge F. Dennis Saylor IV “has exploded in anger,” for being asked to step down from a corruption case, WBUR reports.