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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Justices may eye pardons; Attorney for former inmates hopes to halt nullification effort": This article appears today in The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi.
Posted at 11:04 PM by Howard Bashman

In Bashman news from Australia: The Age newspaper of Melbourne, Australia has a news update headlined "Robbers bash man, 80, flee empty handed."
Posted at 05:10 PM by Howard Bashman

"Murder conviction stands for 'Bird Rock Bandit'": This article appears today in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

And The Associated Press reports that "CA Supreme Court reinstates murder conviction."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of California at this link.
Posted at 11:58 AM by Howard Bashman

"Sane defendants may be denied self-representation, court rules; The California Supreme Court unanimously decides that a person could be sane enough to be tried but too mentally ill to act as his own lawyer": Maura Dolan has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

And in today's edition of The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko reports that "Court sets rule on mentally disturbed defendants."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of California at this link.
Posted at 11:55 AM by Howard Bashman

"GOP Seeks Big Changes In Federal Prison Sentences": This audio segment appeared on today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition."
Posted at 11:50 AM by Howard Bashman

"Go Shorty, It's Your Birthday": Astute "How Appealing" reader Richard Winger emails, in response to this post from earlier today:
Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey's SJR84 refers to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, not the US Supreme Court. That student newspaper story you linked to got it wrong. I know this from (1) reading the bill on-line; (2) talking to Senator Shortey's office at [phone number redacted].

The student newspaper doesn't seem to let anyone either leave a comment or e-mail the reporter who wrote the story.

Mr. Winger appears to be correct, as the proposed legislation can be downloaded via this link.

Update: I originally linked to the mobile version of this article. Comments can be posted online at the "full version" of the article. Finally, the PDF version of today's newspaper, in which the article appears on page one, can be accessed here.
Posted at 11:27 AM by Howard Bashman

"GW Law School to host four Supreme Court justices": This article appeared yesterday in The GW Hatchet.
Posted at 11:18 AM by Howard Bashman

"Court to weigh restitution for child porn victim": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court in New Orleans has agreed to rehear two cases in which a victim of child pornography sought restitution from men who viewed sexually explicit photographs of her on the Internet."

My earlier coverage of last week's Fifth Circuit orders granting rehearing en banc can be accessed here.
Posted at 11:15 AM by Howard Bashman

But is she smarter than a 5th grader? According to an item posted online at The Harvard Law Record, "Former Dean Elena Kagan received several B's during law school, especially her first year. She went on to become the first female dean of Harvard Law School, the U.S. Solicitor General, and the 112th Supreme Court Justice."

And in other news, The HLRecord reports that "'Survivor' Contestant Returns to Campus."
Posted at 09:43 AM by Howard Bashman

"CIA Claims Publication of Bin Laden Death Photos Would 'Trigger Violence'": David Kravets has this post at's "Threat Level" blog.

My most recent earlier coverage appears here.
Posted at 07:50 AM by Howard Bashman

"N.J. senator: State Supreme Court nominee's confirmation chances 'jeopardized' by legal issues." This article appears today in The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger. The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled "Financial improprieties by N.J. Supreme Court nominee's family merits investigation."

In related news coverage, Bloomberg News reports that "Christie Says Gay Supreme Court Nominee Won't Rule on Same-Sex Marriage."
Posted at 07:45 AM by Howard Bashman

"Bill would end recognition of Supreme Court's authority": The Daily O'Collegian, the student newspaper of Oklahoma State University, has an article that begins, "A bill introduced Monday in the Oklahoma state Senate would forbid the United States Supreme Court from reviewing Oklahoma laws."

The sponsor of the legislation, Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey, was most recently in the news for proposing a law to protect the food supply (see articles here and here).
Posted at 07:40 AM by Howard Bashman

"Moot Court Is Anything But": Today's edition of The Hoya, the student newspaper of Georgetown University, contains an article that begins, "Of the 78 cases brought before the Supreme Court since its term began in October, 73 had been argued beforehand -- in a moot court at the Georgetown University Law Center."
Posted at 07:32 AM by Howard Bashman

"WikiLeaks founder's hearing set to boost supreme court audience; Case of Julian Assange likely to provide useful insight into impact of televising high-profile court hearings": The Guardian (UK) has this report.
Posted at 07:30 AM by Howard Bashman

"Contraceptive mandate could face tough sledding in Supreme Court; The healthcare law's mandate to require religious-affiliated employers to pay for contraception for their workers has prompted two lawsuits; If the matter gets to the Supreme Court, it will go before justices who recently affirmed == in a 9-0 ruling == that the 1st Amendment gives special leeway to religious employers": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 07:28 AM by Howard Bashman

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