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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Democrats Blast Increased House Legal Fees for Defense of DOMA": Roll Call has this report.
Posted at 11:12 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court Hears Argument on the F.C.C.'s Authority to Rule on Cellphone Towers": Adam Liptak will have this article Thursday in The New York Times.
Posted at 10:30 PM by Howard Bashman

"Iowa Supreme Court worked through transition": The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier has a news update that begins, "State Court Administrator David Boyd said Wednesday he believes the Iowa Supreme Court has weathered a 'perfect storm' of anti-judicial sentiment that brewed in 2010 following a controversial same-sex marriage decision and disruptive state budget cuts."
Posted at 10:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"Maker of porn films gets 4 years in prison in federal obscenity case": The Los Angeles Times has this news update.

My earlier coverage of today's sentencing appears at this link.
Posted at 10:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Next Second Amendment War: How will the Supreme Court view gun rights after Newtown?" Emily Bazelon has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 09:48 PM by Howard Bashman

"To supporters, Swartz was protagonist for a cause": The Associated Press has this interesting report.
Posted at 06:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Deal puts first Asian-American on state appellate court": Bill Rankin of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a news update that begins, "Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday appointed Fayette County State Court Judge Carla Wong McMillian to be the first Asian-American to serve on a Georgia appellate court."
Posted at 05:16 PM by Howard Bashman

"Aaron's Law: It won't bring him back; But the loss of the Internet activist has prompted a bill in Congress that would protect others from the same kind of prosecutorial abuse." Law professor Lawrence Lessig has this essay online at The Atlantic.
Posted at 05:14 PM by Howard Bashman

"Surveillance Strategy Is 'Privileged and Confidential,' FBI Says": David Kravets has this post at's "Threat Level" blog.
Posted at 05:09 PM by Howard Bashman

"Ira Isaacs Sentenced to 48 Months in Prison in Los Angeles Adult Obscenity Case": The U.S. Department of Justice issued this news release today.

And in news coverage, reports that "Ira Isaacs Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison, Fined $10K." According to the article, "Isaacs attorney Roger Jon Diamond indicated that his client will appeal the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals."

Earlier, The Associated Press previewed today's sentencing in an article headlined "Porn producer to be sentenced in obscenity case." According to The AP's report, "The Wednesday sentencing caps a five-year legal saga that led to two mistrials. A 2008 trial was halted after the Los Angeles Times reported Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, had sexually explicit material on a personal website. Kozinski, who presided over the trial, recused himself and was admonished by a special committee of his colleagues."
Posted at 05:04 PM by Howard Bashman

First it was's "Law Blog," and now Weekly World News is planning to implement a paywall: Andrew Beaujon has the details here, at
Posted at 04:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"Media join fight against Delaware's 'secret' court hearings; Media groups say closed hearings hurt court's integrity; Appeals court to decide if judges can hear arbitrations; Business groups say Delaware system benefits shareholders": Tom Hals of Reuters has this report.
Posted at 04:26 PM by Howard Bashman

"Former Federal Prosecutor Calls Tweets Attacking Swartz Family 'Mind-Boggling Offensive'; 'For the US attorney's spouse to get out there, in a way that can only be viewed as acting as her agent, is a complete and utter lack of judgment'": Patrick Clark has this post today at the "Betabeat" blog of The New York Observer. That blog's earlier coverage appeared in a post titled "IBM Exec Husband of Aaron Swartz Prosecutor Takes to Twitter to Defend His Wife."

Radley Balko, at his blog "The Agitator," has a post titled "The Power Of The Prosecutor."

And at "The Laboratorium," law professor James Grimmelmann has a post titled "My Career as a Bulk Downloader."
Posted at 03:54 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court weighs limits to federal agency powers": Jonathan Stempel of Reuters has this report.

You can access at this link the transcript of today's U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Arlington v. FCC, No. 11-1545.
Posted at 03:14 PM by Howard Bashman

"Court Definitively Rejects AFP's Argument That Posting a Photo to Twitter Grants AFP a License to Freely Use It -- AFP v. Morel": Venkat Balasubramani has this post today at the "Technology & Marketing Law Blog."

U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan issued Monday's ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Posted at 02:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"Court in NYC upholds geriatric gangster conviction": The Associated Press has this report on a summary order that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued today.
Posted at 02:08 PM by Howard Bashman

"Justice Department Refuses to Release GPS Tracking Memos": Catherine Crump, staff attorney for the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, has this blog post today.

Update: In early news coverage, Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post reports that "FBI GPS Tracking Memos Kept Mostly Secret By Justice Department."
Posted at 01:45 PM by Howard Bashman

"As 'Roe v. Wade' turns 40, most oppose reversing abortion ruling": Reuters has this report on the results of a poll by the Pew Research Center.
Posted at 01:37 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Silence of the Clarence: Justice Clarence Thomas breaks a self-imposed seven-year silence to take a four-word jab at the Ivy League." This video segment appeared on last night's broadcast of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
Posted at 01:25 PM by Howard Bashman

"Really!?!" with Judge Posner and Amy: The second-to-last paragraph of an opinion that Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner issued today on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit states, "Really the Social Security Administration and the Justice Department should have been able to do better than they did in this case."
Posted at 11:44 AM by Howard Bashman

"'Aaron's law,' Congressional investigation in wake of Swartz suicide; Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would be amended to exclude EULA violations": Timothy B. Lee has this post at Ars Technica.
Posted at 11:23 AM by Howard Bashman

"Scalia Gives the Government a Surprise Boost in Property Rights Case; Property rights advocates faced an unlikely opponent during Supreme Court oral argument this week": Damon W. Root has this essay online today at Reason.

And yesterday, he had an essay titled "Sonia Sotomayor's Disappointing Memoir: The Supreme Court justice sheds little light on her legal approach."
Posted at 11:20 AM by Howard Bashman

"Media allies support lawsuit; Briefs argue for openness": Today's edition of The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware contains an article that begins, "Twelve of the world's top news organizations, including Gannett Co. Inc., The New York Times Co., News Corp., Bloomberg and the Associated Press, have lined up against Delaware's secret arbitration court for high-stakes business disputes."
Posted at 11:14 AM by Howard Bashman

"Retired Federal Judge Joins Criticism Over Handling Of Swartz Case": Boston's 90.9 WBUR Radio has this report.

Today's edition of The Chicago Tribune contains an article headlined "Family, Web celebs mourn Internet activist; At Highland Park service, father blames government for open-access advocate's suicide."

Declan McCullagh of c|net reports that "Prosecutor in Aaron Swartz 'hacking' case comes under fire; Carmen Ortiz was being talked about last month as the next Massachusetts governor; Now she's being investigated for threatening the late Aaron Swartz with decades in prison."

Gerry Smith of The Huffington Post reports that "Aaron Swartz Case 'Snowballed Out Of MIT's Hands,' Source Says."

The Hill has a blog post titled "Lawmakers slam DOJ prosecution of Swartz as 'ridiculous, absurd.'"

The Tech, MIT's student newspaper, has articles titled "Aaron Swartz found dead Friday; Internet legend faced copyright-related legal issues before death" and "Anonymous hacks MIT," along with a related interactive item headlined "Timeline: USA v. Swartz and the aftermath."

Online at BuzzFeed, Justine Sharrock has a report headlined "Who Prosecuted Aaron Swartz? People across the internet are calling for District Attorney Carmen Ortiz to be fired. Who is she?"

And at "readwrite social," Fruzsina Eordogh has a blog post titled "What It Was Like Attending Aaron Swartz's Funeral."
Posted at 09:08 AM by Howard Bashman

"Floating home is not vessel, Supreme Court says": Robert Barnes has this article today in The Washington Post.

In today's edition of The Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage has an article headlined "Supreme Court upholds state laws on floating homes; Floating houses are governed by laws applying to homes, not those for ships and boats, the justices find; The ruling also covers dockside casinos and restaurants.."

In today's edition of The Wall Street Journal, Brent Kendall and Jess Bravin have an article headlined "High Court Ruling a Relief for Floating Casinos." You can freely access the full text of the article via Google News.

USA Today has an article headlined "High Court: Not every floating home is a boat."

The Tampa Bay Times reports that "U.S. Supreme Court sides with Florida man who said his boat was a home."

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that "U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of South Florida floating home owner; Court reverses decision that resulted in Riviera Beach destroying Fane Lozman's floating home."

And The Palm Beach Post reports that "Fane Lozman, winner in Supreme Court case against Riviera Beach, calls it 'an amazing day.'"
Posted at 08:54 AM by Howard Bashman

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