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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

"Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks at Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change; US Supreme Court Justice shares thoughts on cyber age and takes questions from students": Salzburg Global Seminar has this report.
Posted at 09:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"2017 Summer Forum with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg": Washington Council of Lawyers has posted this video on YouTube.
Posted at 08:56 PM by Howard Bashman

"Death of Pioneering New York Judge Is Ruled a Suicide": Alan Feuer of The New York Times has this report.

Graham Rayman of The New York Daily News reports that "Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam drowned herself in Hudson River, city medical examiner says."

And Shawn Cohen and Daniel Prendergast of The New York Post report that "Death of judge found in Hudson ruled a suicide."
Posted at 08:46 PM by Howard Bashman

"State's domestic violence laws include same-sex couples, South Carolina Supreme Court rules": Maya T. Prabhu of The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina has this report.

And Meg Kinnard of The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: Violence law unfair to gay South Carolina couples."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of South Carolina at this link.
Posted at 01:55 PM by Howard Bashman

"Arizona Supreme Court lets ruling stand that protects Republic journalist's notes": Michael Kiefer of The Arizona Republic has this report.
Posted at 01:48 PM by Howard Bashman

Drunk driving in your own driveway? Supreme Court of Michigan says "yes." You can access yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Michigan at this link.

In news coverage, The News-Review of Petoskey, Michigan reports that "Supreme Court rules on case heard in Petoskey."

And Dana Afana of reports that "You can't drive drunk in your own driveway, Supreme Court finds." Presumably "can't" as used in that headline is intended to mean "aren't allowed to" as opposed to "aren't capable of."
Posted at 01:40 PM by Howard Bashman

"A Supreme Court ruling has opened the floodgates to a stream of gross trademarks; 'The Piss Tape is Real' has a good shot at becoming a registered US trademark": Sarah Jeong has this report online at The Verge.
Posted at 01:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Penn event that brought together a Supreme Court justice, a future President and dozens of legal scholars in 1900": Attorney Frederick Strober has this essay online at The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Posted at 01:22 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Supreme Court Delivers a Blow to Plaintiff Paradise: St. Louis may lose its lawsuit allure after a ruling against 'litigation tourism' that helps big companies like Johnson & Johnson." Margaret Cronin Fisk and Jef Feeley of Bloomberg Businessweek have this report.
Posted at 01:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Chief Justice Roberts: Technology poses challenge for court." Nick Perry of The Associated Press has this report from Wellington, New Zealand.

And in local coverage, Audrey Young of The New Zealand Herald reports that "US Supreme Court Chief Justice says technology is posing a challenge for legal boundaries."
Posted at 11:25 AM by Howard Bashman

In Bashman news from Australia: 9 News of Sydney reports that "Duo rob store, bash man with tree branch."
Posted at 08:37 AM by Howard Bashman

"Leawood couple's lawsuit over mistaken police drug raid is reinstated after appeal": Tony Rizzo of The Kansas City Star has this report on a per curiam ruling (with each of the three judges writing separately) that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tenth Circuit Judge issues published concurring opinion to accompany unpublished opinion of the court: The unpublished opinion of the Court and the concurring opinion of Circuit Judge Harris L Hartz can be accessed as a single document via this link. But the Tenth Circuit's web site, which separates unpublished from published opinions, also makes the published concurrence available by itself at this link.

If you are a puzzled as I am as to why the members of this three-judge panel could not even agree whether the opinion of the court and the concurring opinion should share the same publication status, perhaps we should instead attempt to determine whether the "L" in the middle of Judge Hartz's name is a middle initial (and thus should be followed by a period) or is simply his entire middle name (and thus not followed by a period). His official FJC bio (linked above) includes the period. The list of Tenth Circuit Judges omits a period, as does the page one reaches by clicking on that link. A separate page on the Tenth Circuit's web site, however, twice includes a period after the L.

Lastly, Bryan A. Garner, whose penchant for detail probably extends to things such as this, omitted the period after the "L" from the cover of his latest book -- "The Law of Judicial Precedent -- on which Hartz was one of the co-authors.

If this period/no period mystery is capable of a solution, I will report back once the solution has been determined.

Update: Within minutes of the appearance of this post -- in what must be record time for promptness of reader feedback in this blog's 15+ year history -- a former law clerk to Judge Hartz emailed to say that "L" is Judge Hartz's middle name, and it is not followed by a period. My correspondent invoked the example of President Harry S. Truman, whose middle initial did not stand for anything specific, although that example is perhaps not an exact parallel, as President Truman himself frequently followed the "S" with a period when signing his name.
Posted at 11:54 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Judicial Court ruling gives legal cover to sanctuary cities": Milton J. Valencia has this front page article in today's edition of The Boston Globe.

Chris Villani of The Boston Herald reports that "SJC rules against ICE in blockbuster Massachusetts immigration case."

In today's edition of The New York Times, Jess Bidgood has an article headlined "Court Officers Can't Hold People Solely Under ICE Detainers, Massachusetts Justices Rule."

And in commentary, online at Slate, Mark Joseph Stern has a jurisprudence essay titled "How Massachusetts Became a Sanctuary State: A landmark ruling from the commonwealth's highest court could change the future of immigration enforcement."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts at this link.
Posted at 10:24 PM by Howard Bashman

"Philadelphia lawyer gives $7.5 million for continuing education classes for Pa. judges": Linda Loyd of The Philadelphia Inquirer has this report.

Elizabeth Behrman of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that "Duquesne's Kline Center to helm new partnership between Pa. courts, law schools."

And Duquesne University issued a news release titled "Largest Gift in History of Law School Will Transform Judicial Education Statewide; First-of-its-kind initiative funded by esteemed alumnus Thomas R. Kline pairs Duquesne and Pa. law schools with courts."
Posted at 08:02 PM by Howard Bashman

"Just How Conservative Was Neil Gorsuch's First Term?" Oliver Roeder has this post at "FiveThirtyEight."
Posted at 07:10 PM by Howard Bashman

"Google Has a Big Canadian Problem -- and It's Getting Desperate; After losing up north, Google takes the battle over a worldwide injunction to an American court; But it's unlikely to be the tech giant's last stop": Eriq Gardner has this post at the "THR, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter.
Posted at 02:12 PM by Howard Bashman

"US Appeals Court: Lawsuit against Ferguson, Darren Wilson can go forward." Erica Hunzinger of St. Louis Public Radio has this report on a ruling that a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 02:05 PM by Howard Bashman

"NBC beats defamation appeal over 'bomb' segment on 'Today'": Jonathan Stempel of Reuters has this report.

And at the "THR, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter, Eriq Gardner has a post titled "NBC Gets Victory Over 'Today Show' Bomb Segment at Appeals Court; A manufacturer of exploding rifle targets can't revive a defamation lawsuit."

You can access today's ruling of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.
Posted at 01:55 PM by Howard Bashman

"President Trump appeals to higher court to dismiss Louisville rally suit": Matthew Glowicki of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky has this report.
Posted at 01:23 PM by Howard Bashman

"Appeals court blocks enforcement of District's strict concealed-carry law": Ann E. Marimow of The Washington Post has this report.

Andrea Noble of The Washington Times reports that "D.C. law requiring 'good reason' to carry handgun rejected by appeals court."

Daniel Trotta of Reuters reports that "Appeals court blocks D.C. law restricting gun rights."

The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court blocks strict DC concealed carry permit law."

And Zoe Tillman of BuzzFeed News reports that "A DC Federal Court Just Ruled Carrying Guns In Public Is A 'Core' 2nd Amendment Right."

You can access today's ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.
Posted at 01:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Judge Ralph Erickson -- Nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit." Harsh Voruganti has this post at his blog, "The Vetting Room."
Posted at 10:56 AM by Howard Bashman

"The Terminator Heads to the Supreme Court: Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest project is hardly the stuff of action heroes." Edward-Isaac Dovere has this report at Politico Magazine.
Posted at 10:52 AM by Howard Bashman

Monday, July 24, 2017

"Appeals court backs wildlife activist in free speech case": Matthew Brown of The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 11:14 PM by Howard Bashman

"The case against four person majorities on the Supreme Court": Law professor Jonathan R. Nash has this essay online at The Hill.
Posted at 10:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Five 99Rise protesters get jail time for disrupting Supreme Court": Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times has this report.

And Zoe Tillman of BuzzFeed News reports that "Five Protesters Who Disrupted The Supreme Court Will Spend A Few Days In Jail."
Posted at 10:14 PM by Howard Bashman

"Even head judge of Georgia's highest court gets called for jury duty": Ben Brasch of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this report.
Posted at 10:08 PM by Howard Bashman

"Anchorage teen speaks her mind to Supreme Court justice about immigration, civil rights": Columnist Charles Wohlforth of Alaska Dispatch News has an essay that begins, "No one who knew her would be surprised that at 15 years of age Olivia Tafs found herself on a dais with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, instructing him on the relevance of the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II to President Donald Trump's travel ban."
Posted at 10:02 PM by Howard Bashman

In the August 2017 issue of ABA Journal magazine: Mark Walsh has an article headlined "Court limits where plaintiffs can bring claims in three rulings."
Posted at 07:14 PM by Howard Bashman

"SCOTUS petition claims Justice memo is smoking gun on SEC ALJs": Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this post.
Posted at 05:16 PM by Howard Bashman

"Trump asks appeals court to shut down protesters' suit": Josh Gerstein of has this report.
Posted at 05:12 PM by Howard Bashman

"New state Supreme Court justice, Christopher Goff, shares humble roots that spurred his surprising legal journey": Dan Carden of The Times of Munster, Indiana has this report.
Posted at 01:37 PM by Howard Bashman

"Five sentenced to days in jail for Supreme Court disruption over campaign finance": Spencer S. Hsu of The Washington Post has this report.
Posted at 01:30 PM by Howard Bashman

"Why Corrupt Bankers Avoid Jail: Prosecution of white-collar crime is at a twenty-year low." Patrick Radden Keefe will have this Annals of Justice article in the July 31, 2017 issue of The New Yorker.
Posted at 01:26 PM by Howard Bashman

Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Trump Leaving His Mark on Federal Courts": Kenneth Jost has this post at his blog, "Jost on Justice."
Posted at 09:54 PM by Howard Bashman

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