Saturday, April 29, 2017
"Can the Death Penalty Ever Be Implemented Justly? A dialogue on the constitutionality -- and justice -- of executions." Slate has this jurisprudence essay, consisting of a conversation between Seventh Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner and Senior U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.), moderated by Joel Cohen.
Posted at 09:15 PM by Howard Bashman
"For Supreme Court, It's Decision Time: Key cases this term include one about redistricting and another on church-and-state " Brent Kendall of The Wall Street Journal has this report.
Posted at 08:57 PM by Howard Bashman
"Common High Court Ground: The Supreme Court is looking for cases to curb abusive law enforcement seizures." Perry Grossman has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:54 PM by Howard Bashman
"The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Georgetown": Georgetown University has posted this video on YouTube.
In news coverage, Tara Subramaniam of The Hoya -- the student newspaper of Georgetown University -- reports that "Justice Ginsburg Denounces Unconscious Gender Bias."
And Lydia Wheeler of The Hill reports that "Ginsburg pines for more collegial court confirmations."
"Appeal could drag out Trump University settlement; Ex-student plans to take case to 9th Circuit, lawyer says": Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has this report.
Posted at 05:27 PM by Howard Bashman
"Gorsuch Nervous About Showering In Front Of Other Supreme Court Justices": The Onion has this report.
Posted at 10:45 AM by Howard Bashman
"Some Possible Nominee Names For The Ninth Circuit": David Lat has this post at "Above the Law."
Posted at 10:40 AM by Howard Bashman
Friday, April 28, 2017
Access the audio of my oral argument yesterday before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit: Via this link (13.3 MB mp3 audio file). The panel consisted of Circuit Judges Theodore A. McKee and Thomas I. Vanaskie and Senior Circuit Judge Marjorie O. Rendell.
The appellate briefs can be accessed here: my clients' Brief for Plaintiffs/Appellants; the defendants' Brief for Appellees; and my client's Reply Brief for Plaintiffs/Appellants.
"Justice Neil Gorsuch's Early Days Hint at an Energetic Role; Supreme Court's new guy interjects frequently and has occasional run-ins with colleagues": Brent Kendall and Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal have this report.
And Richard Wolf of USA Today reports that "Supreme Court's newest justice sticks to 'plain language.'"
"In folksy talk, Justice Alito shares stories of inner workings of U.S. Supreme Court": ABA News has this report.
Posted at 05:00 PM by Howard Bashman
"Trump prepares to seat Judge Thapar, first of scores of conservatives for federal courts": Alex Swoyer of The Washington Times has this report.
Posted at 08:45 AM by Howard Bashman
"Trump Can't Win His Battle Against the Judges: Try as he might to change the rules, his protests only fuel the fire." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:42 AM by Howard Bashman
Thursday, April 27, 2017
"Trump's Losing Streak in Courts Is Traceable to Conservative Judges": Adam Liptak of The New York Times has this news analysis.
Posted at 10:54 PM by Howard Bashman
"Employee's pay based on past salary OKd by court": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has an article that begins, "An employer can pay a woman less than a man for the same work if the man was paid more at his previous job and if the employer had a reasonable policy to justify reliance on past salaries, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday."
And Sudhin Thanawala of The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries."
A criminal defendant's lawyer missed attending seven minutes of a 31-hour trial, resulting in a 281-page ruling of the en banc Eleventh Circuit: That's more than 40 pages of opinion per minute that defense counsel was absent. You can access the entire ruling at this link.
Posted at 10:22 PM by Howard Bashman
"Alabama judge remands mesothelioma death case involving TVA nuclear plant": Lucy Berry of AL.com has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued yesterday. Chief Judge Ed Carnes wrote the opinion.
Posted at 10:16 PM by Howard Bashman
"Abbott & Costello head to Supreme Court over 'Who's On First'": Anthony G. Attrino of NJ.com has this report.
Posted at 08:05 PM by Howard Bashman
"Austin Abortion Clinic Reopens After Supreme Court Ruling. Will Any More Follow? Whole Woman's Health is accepting appointments in Austin this week while about two dozen other clinics remain closed in the wake of HB 2." Sophie Novack of The Texas Observer has this report.
Posted at 08:02 PM by Howard Bashman
"Panel: Probable cause that R.I. Supreme Court justice Flaherty violated ethics code." Katie Mulvaney of The Providence Journal has this report.
Posted at 07:58 PM by Howard Bashman
"For Arkansas Community, an Execution Is 'the One We're Waiting On'": Alan Blinder and Manny Fernandez of The New York Times have this report.
Posted at 07:28 PM by Howard Bashman
"'Blurred Lines' Appeal Brief Says Artists Can't Copyright a Groove": Ashley Cullins has this post at the "THR, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter.
Posted at 07:22 PM by Howard Bashman
"Roy Moore will seek U.S. Senate seat": Brian Lyman has this front page article in today's edition of The Montgomery Advertiser.
Mike Cason of AL.com reports that "Roy Moore running for Senate, resigns from Supreme Court to challenge Luther Strange."
And The Associated Press reports that "Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate."
"Difficult legal path forward for Trump in sanctuary cities case": Mica Rosenberg and Dan Levine of Reuters have this report.
Posted at 06:58 PM by Howard Bashman
"Has the 9th Circuit gone 'bananas'? And can Trump break it up?" Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has this report. And David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has a news analysis headlined "How some of the Supreme Court's conservative opinions may lead to a liberal victory on sanctuary cities."
Michael Doyle of McClatchyDC has a report headlined "With a cudgel and some code words, Trump goes after the judges who displease him."
And online at The Hill, law professor Jonathan Turley has an essay titled "There are good reasons to split the 9th Circuit, but Trump's reason isn't one."
"The Roberts Court, 2017 Edition": Linda Greenhouse has this essay online today at The New York Times.
Posted at 03:34 PM by Howard Bashman
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Programming note: On Thursday morning, I will be arguing an appeal on behalf of the plaintiffs-appellants before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. As a result, additional posts will not appear here until Thursday afternoon.
"Justices hear dispute over lower-cost biotech drugs sales": Sam Hananel of The Associated Press has this report.
And Andrew Chung of Reuters reports that "U.S. top court grapples over making copycat biologics available sooner."
"Justices Alarmed by Government's Hard-Line Stance in Citizenship Case": Adam Liptak of The New York Times has this report.
Robert Barnes of The Washington Post reports that "Supreme Court fears giving government too much power to revoke naturalization."
Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports that "Justices Challenge Government Position on Stripping Citizenship for Immigrants Over Small Lies; Justice Department lawyer argued that any false statement on naturalization form, even about one's weight, could cost an individual his citizenship."
Richard Wolf of USA Today has an article headlined "Lose citizenship for fibbing? Supreme Court justices fume."
Mark Sherman of The Associated Press reports that "Justices seem to favor limits on revoking US citizenship."
And Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports that "U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance."
"Democrats recycle Gorsuch questions for Thapar; Appeals court nominee refuses to take Democrats' bait on Trump's earlier bashing judges": Alex Swoyer of The Washington Times has this report.
And Jennifer Bendery of HuffPost reports that "Donald Trump's First Lower Court Nominee Is Fine With The President Trashing Judges; 'It doesn't matter to us,' Judge Amul Thapar tells senators."
"Between Trump and his Justice Department lawyers, a vast disconnect": Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this post today.
"Defiant Trump Vows to Take Immigration Case to Supreme Court": Peter Baker of The New York Times has an article that begins, "President Trump vowed on Wednesday to challenge California jurisdictions all the way to the Supreme Court after a federal judge there stopped him from withholding funds to penalize them for shielding illegal immigrants."
Posted at 08:25 PM by Howard Bashman
"First Trump lower-court nominee coasts through Senate hearing; Kentucky federal judge Amul Thapar is up for promotion to the 6th Circuit": Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has this report.
Sixth Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French discuss "Interpreting State Constitutions": On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference of The Federalist Society took place in Columbus, Ohio,
"How Trump Alienated the Judiciary: A ruling against his executive order on sanctuary cities is the latest rebuke dealt to the president by a federal judge." Law professor Garrett Epps has this essay online at The Atlantic.
Posted at 10:10 AM by Howard Bashman
"Texas Moves Toward Abolishing Wrongful Birth Suits": Law professor Sherry F. Colb has this essay online at Justia's Verdict.
Posted at 10:08 AM by Howard Bashman