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Monday, January 25, 2010

"Court OKs 'John Doe' warrants based only on DNA": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The California Supreme Court has authorized so-called 'John Doe' arrest warrants that contain only a DNA profile of an unknown suspect."

You can access today's 5-2 ruling of the Supreme Court of California at this link.
Posted at 04:11 PM by Howard Bashman



"Supreme Court won't halt Noriega's extradition to France": Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has this report.
Posted at 04:08 PM by Howard Bashman


"NRA Will Argue in Second Amendment Case": Tony Mauro has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 04:04 PM by Howard Bashman


Seventh Circuit rejects state prisoner's challenge to a Wisconsin prison's ban on the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons: Hey, so long as prisons don't ban Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, everything should be copacetic. You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at this link.

Update: Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook was on this three-judge panel, although he is not the author of the panel's opinion. To hear what Chief Judge Easterbrook had to say about D&D during the oral argument, you can download the oral argument audio via this link (4.03MB mp3 audio file).

And in early news coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Wisconsin inmate loses Dungeons and Dragons fight."
Posted at 02:14 PM by Howard Bashman



Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News is reporting: He has articles headlined "New York City Tobacco Tax Suits Limited by Top Court" and "Chase May Get U.S. High Court Review in Credit-Card Rate Case."
Posted at 02:07 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court seeks government view on Chase credit card case": James Vicini of Reuters has this report.

And last Friday he had an article headlined "Corporate ruling no sign of U.S. high court direction."
Posted at 02:03 PM by Howard Bashman



"After 34 Years, a Plainspoken Justice Gets Louder": Adam Liptak will have this new installment of his "Sidebar" column in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 01:54 PM by Howard Bashman


"Briscoe v. Virginia Ends With a Whimper": Orin Kerr has this post at "The Volokh Conspiracy."
Posted at 01:52 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court stops NYC suit vs. online cigarette vendor": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 11:18 AM by Howard Bashman


Is the term "adult oriented store" found in a Connecticut town's zoning ordinance unconstitutionally vague as applied? In a ruling issued today, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit answers "no" by a 2-1 vote.
Posted at 10:57 AM by Howard Bashman


Access online today's Order List and opinions in argued cases from the U.S. Supreme Court: The Court today issued one signed opinion in an argued case and one per curiam opinion in an argued case.

You can access today's Order List at this link. The Court today granted review in two cases but consolidated them for a total of one hour of oral argument. The Court also asked for the views of the Solicitor General in two cases. And Justice Clarence Thomas's dissent from the denial of certiorari in Noriega v. Pastrana, No. 09-35, in which Justice Antonin Scalia joined, can be accessed here.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. delivered the opinion of the Court in part in Hemi Group, LLC v. City of New York, No. 08-969. Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Samuel A. Alito, Jr. joined the Chief Justice's opinion in full. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the Chief Justice's opinion in part. Justice Ginsburg also issued an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. Justice Stephen G. Breyer issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justices John Paul Stevens and Anthony M. Kennedy joined. Justice Sonia Sotomayor did not take part in the decision. You can access the oral argument transcript at this link.

The Court today also issued a per curiam opinion in Briscoe v. Virginia, No. 07-11191. Oral argument of this case occurred just two weeks ago, and you can access the oral argument transcript at this link.

At "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "A Boumediene sequel bypassed."

And in early news coverage, The Associated Press has reports headlined "Court won't stop Noriega from being sent to France" and "High court clears way for Virginia execution."
Posted at 10:06 AM by Howard Bashman



"Judge, Facing Impeachment, Mounts His Defense": David Ingram has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 08:05 AM by Howard Bashman


"What Should Congress Do About Citizens United?" Law professor Laurence H. Tribe has this guest post at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 08:03 AM by Howard Bashman


"Prosecutors build case in slaying of abortion doc": The Associated Press has this report.

The AP also has a report headlined "Abortion foes keep Kan. court fuss alive" that begins, "An anti-abortion group campaigning to unseat at least one Kansas Supreme Court justice also wants to change how new justices are selected."

The Christian Science Monitor reports that "Abortion in spotlight with Roe v. Wade anniversary, Kansas trial; The trial of a man charged with killing an abortion doctor in Kansas opened Friday on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion rights; A precedent could be set if the defendant is allowed to argue he believed deadly force was needed to save the lives of unborn children."

And The Yale Daily News reports that "Pro-life group struggles to find place on liberal campus."
Posted at 08:00 AM by Howard Bashman



"Death row inmates stay indefinitely; No one has been executed in Pennsylvania since 1999": This article appears today in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Posted at 07:55 AM by Howard Bashman


"Democrats Seek to Counter Court Ruling on Political Spending": Jess Bravin and Brody Mullins have this article today in The Wall Street Journal.

Today's edition of The New York Times contains articles headlined "A Quest to End Spending Rules for Campaigns" and "Court Ruling Invites a Boom in Political Ads."

The Arizona Republic reports that "Courts throw curve at Ariz. elections; Rulings could affect outcomes."

And in The Washington Post, columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. has an op-ed entitled "Supreme Court ruling calls for a populist revolt."
Posted at 07:52 AM by Howard Bashman



"Obama to skip jury duty in Bridgeview": The Chicago Tribune has this report.
Posted at 07:42 AM by Howard Bashman


"An NFL apparel conspiracy? American Needle Inc. is suing the league after it lost a contract to make team-affiliated sportswear." This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 07:40 AM by Howard Bashman






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