Thursday, January 30, 2014
"Lawyers: Mo. moving too quickly on executions." The Associated Press has a report that begins, "By the time the U.S. Supreme Court refused a last-minute request to stay the execution of Herbert Smulls, the Missouri inmate was already dead."
Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman
"Court to allow Utah lengthier 'brief' in same-sex marriage appeal": The Deseret News has this update.
Posted at 10:16 PM by Howard Bashman
"Federal Judge Upholds State's Tough Assault Weapons Ban": Edmund H. Mahony of The Hartford Courant has this news update.
And The Associated Press reports that "US judge upholds Connecticut gun control law."
You can access today's ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut at this link.
"Maine supreme court: Transgender student's rights were violated; The court sides with Nicole Maines, who was a fifth-grader when she was required to use a school staff bathroom instead of the girls' restroom." The Portland Press Herald has this news update.
And The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: Transgender student's rights were violated."
"Can this brief save securities fraud class actions?" Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight today has a report that begins, "There is an awful lot of weight on David Boies's shoulders in the U.S. Supreme Court case known as Halliburton v. Erica P.John Fund."
Posted at 03:42 PM by Howard Bashman
"Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty against Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev": The Boston Globe has this news update.
The Boston Herald has a news update headlined "AG to seek death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev."
And The Associated Press reports that "US prosecutors seek execution of marathon suspect."
You can access the "Notice of Intent to Seek the Death Penalty" that federal prosecutors filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts at this link.
"4th Circuit has posted audio of arguments Tuesday in Snowden-related Lavabit case": Josh Gerstein has this tweet linking to the audio (mp3 file).
"Originalism class 4: Brown." Eric Posner has this post today at his blog.
And at "The Volokh Conspiracy," Will Baude has a post titled "Does originalism justify Brown, and why do we care so much?"
"De Blasio Moves Closer to Settling Battle Over Stop-and-Frisk": Benjamin Weiser of The New York Times has this news update.
And The New York Post reports that "City set to drop stop-frisk appeal."
Update: The New York Times has updated the headline of its article to read "New York Reaches Agreement to End Battle Over Stop-and-Frisk."
"Holder To Decide Soon On Death Penalty For Tsarnaev": This audio segment appeared on today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition."
Posted at 11:33 AM by Howard Bashman
In news from Louisiana: The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reports that "Louisiana Supreme Court throws out $330 million ruling against drug companies."
And The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports that "La. high court reverses $258 million verdict; Attorney general sued over drug risk."
In other news, The Advocate reports that "La. Supreme Court upholds two statutes in gun law challenge."
And The Associated Press reports that "Louisiana Supreme Court upholds juvenile concealed handgun ban."
"Iowa Supreme Court will review service dog case; Justices will decide if lawsuit can move ahead in civil court": Grant Rodgers has this article in today's edition of The Des Moines Register.
Posted at 11:18 AM by Howard Bashman
"Michigan Supreme Court takes right-to-work case": Paul Egan of The Detroit Free Press has a news update that begins, "The Michigan Supreme Court will rule on whether state employees are covered by the right-to-work law passed late in 2012, the court said today."
Posted at 11:14 AM by Howard Bashman
"A Conversation with Justice Scalia": Jessica Smith had this post yesterday at the blog "North Carolina Criminal Law."
Posted at 10:54 AM by Howard Bashman
"Book profile: A Conspiracy Against Obamacare -- The book based on the blog." Ronald Collins has this post today at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 10:52 AM by Howard Bashman
"Constitution Check: Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act unconstitutional?" Lyle Denniston has this post today at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 10:50 AM by Howard Bashman
City of San Jose, California asks Ninth Circuit to expedite briefing and oral argument in appeal challenging the legal validity of the so-called "baseball exemption" to antitrust laws: You can access the motion to expedite, filed yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, at this link.
Posted at 10:45 AM by Howard Bashman
"Secrecy Behind Executions": This editorial appears today in The New York Times.
Posted at 10:40 AM by Howard Bashman
"Ban on antigay therapy for kids upheld": Bob Egelko has this article today in The San Francisco Chronicle.
The Associated Press reports that "Court won't revisit California 'gay therapy' ban."
And at her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "Anti-gay Therapy Ban Upheld."
You can access yesterday's Ninth Circuit order denying rehearing en banc, accompanied by a dissent therefrom and an amended opinion from the three-judge panel, at this link.
"Black House members pressure Obama to name African-American to federal bench": Mary Orndorff Troyan has this article today in The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser.
According to the article, "The state's only black federal judge, Abdul Kallon of Birmingham, is considered a likely candidate for Obama to nominate to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which would create a third district court vacancy."