Wednesday, January 30, 2013
"Diminishing the Presidency: The overreaching White House has prompted a court to reverse nearly two centuries of constitutional practice." In Thursday's edition of The Wall Street Journal, law professor John Yoo will have an op-ed that begins, "A year ago this month, President Obama bypassed the Senate's advice-and-consent power by naming three new members to the National Labor Relations Board and appointing Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."
"Fixing the Judicial Clerkship Crisis": Aaron Zelinsky has this blog entry today at The Huffington Post.
Posted at 10:22 PM by Howard Bashman
"I really must protest the paltry and even silly treatment of the Scalia-Garner event in the January 29 edition": Bryan A. Garner has posted online this commentary regarding a recent article that The Dallas Morning News published.
Posted at 10:15 PM by Howard Bashman
"Rifle Group Loses Challenge to New Jersey Gun-Buying Law": Bloomberg News has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued today.
Posted at 10:01 PM by Howard Bashman
"Justice to SCOTUS: Don't allow direct corporate campaign spending." Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report.
Posted at 04:25 PM by Howard Bashman
"D.C. Circuit Rejects Law Clerk Hiring Plan": Matthew Huisman has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 04:23 PM by Howard Bashman
"Judge reminds Melvin attorney he's not in Philly": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The judge at suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's corruption trial has reminded her attorney that he's not trying the case in Philadelphia."
Posted at 03:30 PM by Howard Bashman
"Minnesota Supreme Court: Website comments about Duluth doctor not defamatory; Critical comments a patient's son made about a Duluth neurologist are not cause for a lawsuit, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled": The Duluth News Tribune has this update.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a news update headlined "Duluth doctor's lawsuit against patient's son over online criticism dismissed."
And The Associated Press reports that "Minn. high court says online post legally protected."
"Appeals court overturns Health Trust ruling": The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has this news update. [A later version of the article is headlined "Health Trust ruling likely headed to state's top court."]
My earlier coverage of today's en Pa. Commonwealth Court ruling, in a case in which I served as appellate counsel for the defendant-appellant, can be accessed here and here.
"Testimony: Pa. Senate worker spent half of 2003 working on Judge Orie Melvin's campaign." Paula Reed Ward of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has this news update.
And The Pittsburgh-Tribune-Review is providing updates on today's trial proceedings via an article headlined "Former staffer says she regularly scheduled political events for Melvin on state time."
If you thought that The Los Angeles Times' coverage of Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski was already too negative, just wait and see how it turns out to be going forward: Today's edition of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Tribune taps former FCC official Edward Lazarus as general counsel."
Judge Kozinski's harsh review of Lazarus's book "Closed Chambers: The First Eyewitness Account of the Epic Struggles Inside the Supreme Court" appeared in the January 1999 issue of the Yale Law Journal.
More recently, Emily Bazelon's profile of Judge Kozinski, which appeared in the January-February 2004 issue of Legal Affairs magazine, devoted four paragraphs to Judge Kozinski's "excoriation" of Lazarus.
Access online the State of California's opening brief on appeal from a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of a state law banning therapies to change children's sexual orientation: Via the Ninth Circuit's web site, you can freely access the State of California's opening brief at this link. The brief was electronically filed in the Ninth Circuit on Monday of this week.
Posted at 01:12 PM by Howard Bashman
"[W]e have occasion here to address an issue of first impression in this circuit, namely whether a witness's testimony in disguise at trial violates the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution." So states an opinion that a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.
"$7.4 million health trust award overturned": The Citizens' Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has this news update.
My earlier coverage of today's en Pa. Commonwealth Court ruling, in a case in which I served as appellate counsel for the defendant-appellant, can be accessed here.
"Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett: master of the Twitterverse." Angela Morris has this post at the "Tex Parte Blog" of Texas Lawyer.
Posted at 12:50 PM by Howard Bashman
"The Law Clerk Hiring Plan: Really, Really Dead Now." David Lat has this post at "Above the Law."
Posted at 12:48 PM by Howard Bashman
"DOJ/FDA Brief in SCOTUS Generic Drug Preemption Case Hands Plaintiffs New Liability Theories": Richard Samp of the Washington Legal Foundation has this blog post at Forbes.com.
Posted at 12:44 PM by Howard Bashman
"SCOTUSblog on camera -- Adam Liptak interview, Part Two": Today, "SCOTUSblog" has posted at this link part two of its interview with New York Times U.S. Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak.
Posted at 12:34 PM by Howard Bashman
"Guantanamo Lawyers Seeking 48-Hour Visits": Charlie Savage has this article in today's edition of The New York Times.
Unanimous en banc Pa. Commonwealth Court ruled in my client's favor today in an appeal that I argued last month: You can access today's ruling of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania at this link.
I previously previewed the oral argument in a post that you can access here. That post provided access to the Brief for Appellant and Reply Brief for Appellant that I filed on my client's behalf, together with the trial court's ruling and earlier news coverage of the trial court's ruling.
"Boston College asks court to throw out ruling on IRS tapes, citing death of IRA veteran": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Boston College wants a federal appeals court to throw out a ruling that orders the college to turn over audiotaped interviews with former members of the Irish Republican Army, citing the death of a key figure in the legal battle."
Posted at 10:37 AM by Howard Bashman
"United States Supreme Court Undergoes Facelift with Help from Merritt Graphics; Merritt Graphics Contracted for Mesh Replica of US Supreme Court": You can access the company's press release at this link.
Posted at 09:00 AM by Howard Bashman
"Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upholds state's gun storage law, rejects challenge by Springfield man": The Republican of Springfield, Massachusetts has this report.
"Oil-and-gas lobby might take ethanol fight to Supreme Court": The Hill has this blog post.
Posted at 08:52 AM by Howard Bashman
"California prisons: Federal judges give governor, prison officials extra six months to end overcrowding." Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has this report.
And in today's edition of The Sacramento Bee, Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh have a front page article headlined "U.S. judges give California six more months to cut inmate population."
"Feds stumbling after Anonymous launches 'Operation Last Resort'; The U.S. Department of Justice still has two Federal websites down since Friday when Anonymous launched 'Operation Last Resort' demanding legal reform": ZDNet has this report.
Today's edition of The Los Angeles Times contains an article headlined "A martyr in the fight for free online access to research; By killing himself, Internet activist Aaron Swartz has heated up the battle over whether the works of scientists and scholars should be available for free."
The Vancouver Observer has an article headlined "How Aaron Swartz paved way for Jack Andraka's revolutionary cancer test; Jack Andraka's studies about pancreatic cancer would have never come about were it not for open access to online journals -- the very thing Aaron Swartz was promoting before his death."
And the blog "Main Justice" has a post titled "With Bipartisan Letter on Swartz, Criticism of Plea Bargain Tactics Gains New Prominence."
"Former Michigan Justice Hathaway admits fraud, may face jail time": The Detroit News contains this article today.
And today's edition of The Detroit Free Press contains an article headlined "Retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway admits fraud in house sale."
"Pennsylvania Justice Melvin's defense grills central witness; Corruption trial focuses on aide's inconsistencies": Paula Reed Ward has this article today in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"U.S. court rejects Apple's bid to raise damages in Samsung case": Reuters has this report.
The Associated Press reports that "Judge rejects Apple's patent award demands."
Bloomberg News reports that "Apple's $1 Billion Verdict Against Samsung Left Intact."
And the blog "Foss Patents" has a post titled "Judge, unlike jury, finds Samsung's infringement of Apple's patents was not willful."