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Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Joan Rivers Wins Privacy Dispute at Appeals Court; A woman who approached the comedian and appeared briefly in her 2010 documentary didn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy": Eriq Gardner has this post at The Hollywood Reporter's "Hollywood, Esq." blog reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued today.
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion.'" Gerry Smith of The Huffington Post has this report.

Friday's edition of The Wall Street Journal will contain an editorial titled "Cyber Crime and Punishment: Digital justice after Aaron Swartz's suicide." You can freely access the full text of the editorial via Google News.

At Ars Technica, Nate Anderson has a blog post titled "Opening arguments in the court of public opinion after Aaron Swartz' death; You don't have to follow tech to find lessons in the young activist's suicide."

And the Electronic Frontier Foundation has a blog post titled "EFF's Initial Improvements to Aaron's Law for Computer Crime Reform."
Posted at 09:04 PM by Howard Bashman

"Florida high court upholds pension changes, but on narrow grounds": Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report.

My earlier coverage of today's Florida Supreme Court ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 06:20 PM by Howard Bashman

"Justice Wil Schroder retires from Ky. Supreme Court to deal with brain tumor": The Lexington Herald-Leader has this news update. You can view Justice Schroder's official online biography at this link.
Posted at 06:15 PM by Howard Bashman

"Aaron Swartz Prosecution Sparks Push For Changes To Law By Top Tech Representative": Zach Carter and Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post have this report.

And the January 19, 2013 issue of The Economist will contain this obituary.
Posted at 05:14 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court conundrum: How far does a soybean seed patent go?" Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report.
Posted at 03:21 PM by Howard Bashman

In today's mail: I received a review copy of the book "My Beloved World," by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Posted at 02:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"Justices Pay Tribute to Former Longtime Supreme Court Official": Tony Mauro has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 02:40 PM by Howard Bashman

"Sons of Confederate Veterans Seek to Remove Plaque": The Texas Tribune today has an article that begins, "Lawyers for the Sons of Confederate Veterans have filed a motion in a state district court seeking to remove a plaque in the Texas Supreme Court building that the historical group says inadequately honors the Confederacy."
Posted at 02:36 PM by Howard Bashman

"U.S. Attorney Says Aaron Swartz Prosecution 'Was Appropriate'": David Kravets has this post at's "Threat Level" blog.
Posted at 02:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"Florida Supreme Court upholds law requiring state workers to contribute 3 percent of pay to state pension plan": The Miami Herald has this news update.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has a news update headlined "High court upholds required pension contributions from public employees."

And Bloomberg News reports that "Florida Worker Pension Changes Are Legal, Court Rules."

You can access today's 4-to-3 ruling of the Supreme Court of Florida at this link.
Posted at 01:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"UVA Law Professor Takes Students Inside Office of Solicitor General": The University of Virginia School of Law issued this news release today.
Posted at 12:43 PM by Howard Bashman

"Dubina to hand Eleventh Circuit chief post to Carnes this summer; still not committing on senior status": Alyson M. Palmer has this post today at The Fulton County Daily Report's "ATLaw" blog.
Posted at 12:26 PM by Howard Bashman

"Understanding standing: The Court's Article III questions in the same-sex marriage cases (I)." Marty Lederman has this lengthy post today at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 11:30 AM by Howard Bashman

"Circuit Split Watch: Gun Rights Outside the Home." Michelle Olsen has this post today at her "Appellate Daily" blog.
Posted at 11:28 AM by Howard Bashman

"Appeals court reinstates lawsuit over Royals' hot dog toss; The case involves food flung by mascot Sluggerrr at Royals game": In yesterday's edition of The Kansas City Star, Mark Morris had an article that begins, "A Kansas man injured by a flying hot dog at a 2009 Royals game will get another bite at the sausage, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday."

You can access Tuesday's ruling of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, at this link (via "" and "Lowering the Bar").

For those who may be concerned about the absence of a blog entirely devoted to the fertile area of mascot law, I'm pleased to note that "Lowering the Bar" offers a series of posts on the subject.
Posted at 11:20 AM by Howard Bashman

"Producer of pornographic fetish films gets 4 years in prison; Ira Isaacs is sentenced after a six-year prosecution that included two mistrials; He defended his work as protected by the 1st Amendment, but a judge sharply disagreed": This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

And Josh Gerstein of has a blog post titled "X-rated video maker gets 4-year prison term."
Posted at 10:34 AM by Howard Bashman

"Appeals court rules on news media access to polling places": The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has this article reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued Tuesday.

Update: In other coverage, Tal Kopan of has a blog post titled "Court: OK to block press from polling sites."
Posted at 09:12 AM by Howard Bashman

"Roberts Roils Obama as Hughes Stymied Roosevelt in Supreme Times": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 09:10 AM by Howard Bashman

"U.S. Supreme Court asked to hear Greece lawsuit": The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle has an article that begins, "A religious freedom lawsuit over prayers used to start Greece Town Board meetings could land before the U.S. Supreme Court, if the town's legal defense group has its way."
Posted at 09:07 AM by Howard Bashman

"U.S. feels like 1973 with hot abortion issue": Richard Wolf of USA Today has this report.
Posted at 09:04 AM by Howard Bashman

"Alabama appeals part of immigration law decision to U.S. Supreme Court": This article appears today in The Montgomery Advertiser.
Posted at 08:57 AM by Howard Bashman

"Orie Melvin attorneys seek identity of woman who filed lawsuit": Yesterday evening, Paula Reed Ward of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had a news update that begins, "Attorneys for suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin entered another document under seal today in federal court."
Posted at 08:46 AM by Howard Bashman

"The Criminal Charges Against Aaron Swartz (Part 2: Prosecutorial Discretion)." Orin Kerr has this post at "The Volokh Conspiracy."

And at, Timothy B. Lee has a post titled "Aaron Swartz and the Corrupt Practice of Plea Bargaining."
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman

"US attorney defends office's action in MIT hacker case": This article appears today in the Boston Globe. In addition, columnist Joan Vennochi has an op-ed titled "Swartz case is sad, but not an overreach."

Today's edition of The Boston Herald contains an article headlined "Ortiz: We never intended full penalty for Swartz." In addition, columnist Margery Eagan has an op-ed titled "Outrage over zealous feds; Statement too little, too late."

The Wall Street Journal reports that "Swartz Prosecutor Defends Stance." You can freely access the full text of the article via Google News.'s "Law Blog" has a post titled "US Attorney Statement on the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz."

Bloomberg News reports that "Prosecutors Intended Six-Month Sentence for Aaron Swartz."

The Guardian (UK) has a report headlined "Aaron Swartz: US attorney says she only sought six-month jail term; Carmen M Ortiz responds to pressure over death of Reddit co-founder by saying her office acted reasonably."

Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post has a report headlined "Aaron Swartz Prosecutor Defends Charges, Days After Activist's Suicide."

And c|net reports that "U.S. Attorney defends office's conduct in Aaron Swartz case; Challenging the notion that her office's actions led to the suicide of the Internet activist, Carmen Ortiz said that the conduct of her prosecutors was appropriate."
Posted at 08:24 AM by Howard Bashman

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