Tuesday, February 9, 2010
"Former boy soldier, youngest Guantanamo detainee, heads toward military tribunal": Wednesday's edition of The Washington Post will contain an article that begins, "Omar Khadr, the youngest detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was 15 when he allegedly threw a grenade that killed a U.S. Special Forces medic in Afghanistan. Now, more than seven years later, Khadr is drawing the Obama administration into a fierce debate over the propriety of putting a child soldier on trial."
Posted at 11:04 PM by Howard Bashman
"Justice Clinton?" Mark McKinnon and Myra Adams have this blog post at "The Daily Beast."
Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman
"Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, and the Noble Lie": Michael C. Dorf has this essay online at FindLaw.
Posted at 10:58 PM by Howard Bashman
"Dems seek quick fix on campaign finance; Want law in place for fall vote": This article will appear Wednesday in The Washington Times.
And Wednesday's edition of The Wall Street Journal will contain an article headlined "Investors Seek More Disclosure on Political Spending." You can access the full text of this article via Google News.
"Justice O'Connor speaks at Wayne State event": The Detroit Free Press has a news update that begins, "Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor this afternoon reiterated her call for choosing judges on a merit-based system."
Posted at 10:47 PM by Howard Bashman
"U.S. Senate confirms Judge Joseph Greenaway Jr. for federal appeals court": The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger has this news update.
"Supreme Court arguments reveal an old-fashioned bench": Joan Biskupic will have this article Wednesday in USA Today.
Posted at 09:04 PM by Howard Bashman
"Corporate free-speech ruling speaks of shift in Supreme Court; All five justices who made up the majority in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision were appointed by President Reagan or worked as lawyers in his administration": David G. Savage will have this article Wednesday in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 08:35 PM by Howard Bashman
"S.F.'s broad jail strip-search policy ruled OK": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this news update.
And Carol J. Williams of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined "Court rules strip searches of inmates constitutional; The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says searches are needed to prevent the smuggling of contraband into detention centers; The decision replaces a smaller panel's more critical ruling in 2008."
"Senate finally approves judge": The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey has a news update that begins, "The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a Newark federal judge's promotion to the nation's second-highest court Tuesday, five months after the Judiciary Committee decided unanimously to support his nomination. With the 84-0 vote, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph A. Greenaway will fill the seat on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that was vacated when Samuel Alito was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2006."
"[W]e conclude that San Francisco's policy requiring strip searches of all arrestees classified for custodial housing in the general population was facially reasonable under the Fourth Amendment, notwithstanding the lack of individualized reasonable suspicion as to the individuals searched." So holds an eleven-judge en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, by a vote of 6-5.* You can access today's ruling at this link. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski's concurring opinion and the dissenting opinion are also both worth a read.
Update: Bay City News reports that "Fed Court Approves SF Jail Strip Searches."
*As law professor Eugene Volokh notes in this post at "The Volokh Conspiracy," the en banc panel's vote on the constitutionality of the policy was 6-5. Believing that the defendants were entitled to qualified immunity, one of the five dissenters on the constitutionality of the policy ended up voting with the majority in support of the en banc court's judgment, making the final vote in support of the judgment 7-4.
"Bike footrests aren't weapons, state Supreme Court says; Ruling comes in the case of a youth convicted of carrying a metal cylinder as a weapon": Maura Dolan has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.
"Judge gets sarcastic over records rule criticism": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The chief justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court on Monday dished out a sarcastic response to criticism in newspaper editorials of a proposal to redact information from public court records."
Posted at 08:00 AM by Howard Bashman
"Case of missing innards unprecedented in state court": Today's edition of The Las Vegas Sun contains an article that begins, "The curious case of a young Englishman's missing organs is forcing the Nevada Supreme Court to take its first stand on the mishandling of human remains."
"UK Jews weigh fight after court ruling on 'Who is a Jew'": The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has this report, via The Jerusalem Post.
Posted at 07:54 AM by Howard Bashman
"UCD gender suit sent back for jury trial": In today's edition of The Sacramento Bee, Denny Walsh has an article that begins, "The elimination of women's wrestling in 2000 at UC Davis is symptomatic of the university's overall poor performance in providing equal opportunities for women in varsity sports, a federal appellate court ruled Monday."
"Supreme Court ruling fuels voter ire": Politico.com has this report.
Posted at 07:48 AM by Howard Bashman
"In interview, Scott Roeder speaks of lacking sympathy": Today's edition of The Kansas City Star contains an article that begins, "As he awaits sentencing for first-degree murder, Scott Roeder said in an interview released Monday that he has little sympathy for Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller's family."
Posted at 07:46 AM by Howard Bashman
"David H. Souter To Deliver Address at Harvard's 2010 Commencement": This article appears today in The Harvard Crimson.
Posted at 07:44 AM by Howard Bashman
"Okla. panel OKs death sentence for child rapists": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 07:42 AM by Howard Bashman
"Electronic Privacy and the Supreme Court": Daniel I. Prywes has this essay online at law.com.
Posted at 07:34 AM by Howard Bashman