Tuesday, January 22, 2008
"High Court Limits Suits by Shareholders": Carrie Johnson and Robert Barnes will have this article Wednesday in The Washington Post.
"Starcher wants probe into Maynard-Blankenship relationship": The West Virginia Record provides this report.
"Appeals court: State must provide transport for inmate abortions." Bill Mears of CNN.com provides this report.
"Ad Campaign Holds Susan Collins Accountable for Votes to Confirm Bush's Supreme Court Nominees": People For the American Way issued this press release today.
Posted at 10:54 PM by Howard Bashman
"Nichols trial may face new delay; Appeal to state Supreme Court allowed": The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday will contain an article that begins, "The death penalty trial of Brian Nichols, suspect in the Fulton County Courthouse shootings, was supposed to be back on track, but could face another delay."
Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman
"Muslim inmate loses court case over lost Quran": Joan Biskupic of USA Today will have this article in Wednesday's newspaper.
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman
On this evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered": The broadcast contained audio segments entitled "Exxon's Alaska Oil Spill Case Heads to High Court" and "Terrorism Suspect Padilla Sentenced to 17 Years" (RealPlayer required).
Posted at 09:55 PM by Howard Bashman
"Judge disbands grand jury behind Medina indictment": The Houston Chronicle provides a news update that begins, "A judge criticized the Harris County District Attorney's Office today for not standing behind a grand jury's decision to indict a Texas Supreme Court Justice and his wife in connection the 2007 fire that destroyed the couple's Spring home."
The newspaper has also posted online this statement from the District Attorney's Office.
And The Associated Press reports that "Case of Supreme Court justice's house fire takes bizarre turn."
"In Padilla case, no life sentence; The judge cited harsh military detention to justify a lighter term of 17 years in prison": Warren Richey will have this article Wednesday in The Christian Science Monitor.
Posted at 09:07 PM by Howard Bashman
"Attorneys probe deepens": The Hill today contains an article that begins, "The federal investigation into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys could jolt the political landscape ahead of the November elections, according to several people close to the inquiry."
Posted at 09:05 PM by Howard Bashman
"Suit against bankers tied to Enron debacle is tossed; In dismissing the appeal by the University of California, nation's high court appears to have doomed other big cases against former energy trader's bankers": David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times provides this news update.
"Enron Investors Suing Banks Spurned by Top U.S. Court": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News provides this report.
"Lay Off Linda: Why doesn't the New York Times stand up for Linda Greenhouse?" Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick have this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
"Antonin Scalia's Textualism in Philosophy, Theology, and Judicial Interpretation of the Constitution": Herman Philipse has posted this article (abstract with links for download) online at SSRN. (Via "Religion Clause.")
Posted at 08:45 PM by Howard Bashman
Criminal defendant's right to a randomly selected replacement for recused federal district judge does not mandate a retrial where the replacement judge, whom the recused judge personally selected, was not biased against the defendant: A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued this ruling today.
Posted at 04:10 PM by Howard Bashman
En banc Ninth Circuit addresses whether state judge violated clearly established law by requiring a criminal defendant who invoked the right of self-representation to appear through advisory counsel at a chambers conference to discuss how to respond to a query from the deliberating jury: You can access today's ruling, in favor of the habeas petitioner, at this link. And don't miss Chief Judge Alex Kozinski's snarky concurring opinion, in which he takes to task the six judges (including a former Kozinski law clerk!) who concurred in only part of the majority opinion.
Posted at 03:45 PM by Howard Bashman
"The constitutionality of the City of Portland's policy on the use of deadly force by its police officers is squarely presented by this appeal from grant of summary judgment by the decedent's estate." So begins the majority opinion that a partially divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today. Even the judge who dissented in part praises the majority opinion for bringing "a degree of clarity to the law of deadly force."
Posted at 03:28 PM by Howard Bashman
Law Professor Jonathan Turley has a blog: Perhaps you already knew. If not (and even if so), you can access it here.
Posted at 03:12 PM by Howard Bashman
"Federal appeals court upholds abortion access for Missouri inmates": The Kansas City Star provides this news update.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch provides a news update headlined "Court: Mo. must transport inmates for abortions."
And The Associated Press reports that "MO Must Take Inmates to Abortion Clinics."
"Padilla gets 17 years, 4 months": The Miami Herald provides this news update.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel provides a news update headlined "Convicted terror conspirator Padilla gets 17 years in prison."
The New York Times provides a news update headlined "Padilla Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Prison."
The Washington Post provides a news update headlined "Jose Padilla Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison; Justice Dept. Pushed for Life Sentence for Alleged Dirty Bomb Plotter."
"Commas, Clauses and Missing Butter at the Supreme Court": Tony Mauro has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 02:35 PM by Howard Bashman
"Jose Padilla Is Sentenced to 17 Years": The Associated Press provides this report.
Posted at 12:02 PM by Howard Bashman
On today's thirty-fifth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a federal appellate court holds unconstitutional the Missouri Department of Corrections' policy of refusing to allow inmates to obtain elective, non-therapeutic abortions: You can access today's ruling of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Roe v. Crawford at this link.
Posted at 11:43 AM by Howard Bashman
The Associated Press is reporting: Now available online are articles headlined "Court Rules Against Muslim Inmate"; "Court Sides With St. Louis University"; and "Court Rejects Wireless Carriers' Appeal."
Posted at 11:35 AM by Howard Bashman
"Court bars new look at Enron case": Lyle Denniston has this post at "SCOTUSblog."
And The Associated Press reports that "Court Refuses to Hear Enron Case."
You can access today's Order List at this link. The Court today also requested the views of the Solicitor General in two cases.
The Court today issued one opinion in an argued case, a 5-4 ruling in favor of the federal respondents in Ali v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, No. 06-9130. You can access the opinion at this link and the oral argument transcript at this link. How the Justices lined-up in deciding this dispute over statutory meaning is unusual. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion, in which the Chief Justice and Justices Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Samuel A. Alito, Jr. joined. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the lead dissenting opinion, in which Justices John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter, and Stephen G. Breyer joined.
"Misfire at Justice": The Wall Street Journal today contains an editorial that begins, "The Second Amendment's right to bear arms has rarely been considered by the Supreme Court, but this year the Court is hearing a case that could become a Constitutional landmark. So it is nothing short of astonishing, and dispiriting, that the Bush Justice Department has now weighed in with an amicus brief that is far too clever by half."
"Maine smokers' case going before U.S. Supreme Court": The Bangor Daily News contains this article today.
Posted at 08:57 AM by Howard Bashman
"Starcher stepped down from ’96 case; Motion cited campaign contributions; high court debate to resume Thursday": This article appears today in The Charleston (W. Va.) Gazette.
Posted at 08:54 AM by Howard Bashman
"Justices stick to judging": Bruce Fein has this op-ed today in The Washington Times.
Posted at 08:52 AM by Howard Bashman
"Antiabortion cause stirs new generation; Born into a time after Roe vs. Wade, many young adults are eager to reverse it; And veteran activists are happy to enlist their help": The Los Angeles Times contains this article today.
The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled "Roe, 35 years later: The landmark abortion ruling is established law; Overturning it would cause severe upheaval." And Frances Kissling and Kate Michelman have an op-ed entitled "Abortion's battle of messages: It's not 1973; Pro-choice forces must adjust to regain the moral high ground."
"Bradley Details Supreme Court Detainee Jurisprudence": This article appears in the current issue of The Harvard Law Record.
Posted at 08:14 AM by Howard Bashman
"Padilla Sentence Due in Terror Case": The Associated Press provides this report.
Posted at 08:10 AM by Howard Bashman
"No politics? Evidence to the contrary." Today in The Houston Chronicle, columnist Lisa Falkenberg has an op-ed that begins, "The dismissal of Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina's grand jury indictment had everything to do with insufficient evidence and nothing to do with politics. At least that's what Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal and Medina's attorney, Terry Yates, would have us believe. And we might have taken their word for it and forgotten all about the peculiar circumstances surrounding the burning of Medina's Spring home -- if not for an outspoken jury foreman and assistant foreman who decided to talk publicly about what they believed was a miscarriage of justice."
Posted at 08:02 AM by Howard Bashman
"Another state justice faces ethics allegation; Group scrutinizes Paul Green's mileage reimbursements from contributions": This article appears today in The Houston Chronicle.
Posted at 07:59 AM by Howard Bashman
"New Technologies, New Problems: The Arkansas Supreme Court Rules Against an Inheritance Claim by a Posthumously-Conceived Child." Joanna Grossman has this essay online today at FindLaw.