Friday, February 22, 2013
"Federal court: No Second Amendment guarantee for concealed carry." The Denver Post has a news update that begins, "The Second Amendment's guarantee of a right to bear arms does not extend to the right to carry a concealed weapon in public, a federal appeals court in Denver has ruled."
"DOMA: U.S. takes tough line on marriage denial." Lyle Denniston has this post at "SCOTUSblog."
And Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has an update headlined "President Obama opposes federal gay marriage ban in U.S. Supreme Court argument."
"Are some civil rights era protections still relevant? Supreme Court will decide." Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers has this report, along with an article headlined "Landmark Supreme Court voting rights debate will have California impact."
Posted at 05:02 PM by Howard Bashman
"Federal Circuit Discusses Judicial Takings . . . In A Disbarment Case?" Robert H. Thomas has this blog post at "inversecondemnation.com" about a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued today.
Posted at 03:20 PM by Howard Bashman
"Pendent Appellate Bootstrapping": Law professor Stephen I. Vladeck has this article in the Winter 2013 issue of The Green Bag.
Posted at 03:08 PM by Howard Bashman
"Feds Focused on Aaron Swartz's Manifesto to Unshackle 'Privatization of Knowledge'": David Kravets has this post today at Wired.com's "Threat Level" blog.
Posted at 02:24 PM by Howard Bashman
"Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum offering free admission this weekend": The Cherokee Nation issued this news release yesterday. You can learn more about the museum at this link.
Posted at 01:52 PM by Howard Bashman
"Trade-Worker Funds Can't Recover Madoff Losses Says Court": Bloomberg News has a report that begins, "Building-trade worker benefit funds that invested in feeder funds to Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC won't be able to recover money from the Ponzi schemer's estate, a federal appeals court ruled."
"Court to Lisa Madigan: No rehearing on concealed-carry guns ruling." The Chicago Tribune has this news update.
Bloomberg News reports that "Illinois Bid for Rehearing of Gun-Carry Appeal Rejected."
And The Associated Press reports that "Court won't reconsider Ill. concealed carry ruling."
"Andre Thomas: Services Scarce for Troubled Youths." Part three of Brandi Grissom's six-part series "Trouble in Mind" appears online at this link at The Texas Tribune. My earlier coverage of the series can be accessed here and here.
Posted at 12:18 PM by Howard Bashman
"VAWA Renewal Could Spell Change": Today's edition of The Harvard Crimson contains an article that begins, "To some, the 'preponderance of the evidence' standard is 'crucial to the fair and equal treatment of women.' To others, it is a 'fatally flawed' path to 'injustice' that erodes the rights of students. In recent months, an expired piece of legislation has placed a few words of legal jargon, tucked away in the disciplinary codes of colleges and universities all over the country, at the forefront of a polarizing national debate."
Posted at 12:14 PM by Howard Bashman
"Is Senator Ted Cruz our new McCarthy?" Jane Mayer has this blog post, containing an interesting discussion of Harvard Law School, online today at The New Yorker.
Update: Online at The New Republic, Alec MacGillis has an essay headlined "Washington Is Wrong About Cruz and Warren: The freshmen senators are exactly who they promised to be."
"D.C. Circuit Presentation: Deleted Scenes." Michelle Olsen has this post today at her "Appellate Daily" blog.
Posted at 11:52 AM by Howard Bashman
"The Other Crisis Facing the Federal Judiciary": At Bloomberg View, law professor Stephen L. Carter has an essay that begins, "Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he will step down at the end of this month has prompted some commentators to wonder why we don't encourage U.S. federal judges to retire early, too. Actually, we do -- and too many are."
Posted at 11:40 AM by Howard Bashman
"Obama: Keep key Voting Rights Act provision." The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 10:59 AM by Howard Bashman
By a vote of 5-to-4, Seventh Circuit denies rehearing en banc of divided three-judge panel ruling that invalidated under the Second Amendment an Illinois law forbidding most people from carrying a loaded gun in public: You can access today's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit denying rehearing en banc, and the dissent therefrom, at this link.
In today's mail: Today I received a review copy of Jess Bravin's new book, "The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay."
On Wednesday, Bravin appeared on American University Radio's "The Diane Rehm Show" to discuss the book. You can now access both the audio and the transcript of that interview.
"Aaron Swartz Prosecutors Weighed 'Guerilla' Manifesto, Justice Official Tells Congressional Committee": Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post has this report.
Posted at 09:45 AM by Howard Bashman
"Split 5th Circuit Denies En Banc Review In Prisoner Kosher Food Case": Howard Friedman has this post today at his "Religion Clause" blog.
You can access Wednesday's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, denying rehearing en banc by the vote of 8-to-7, and the dissent therefrom at this link.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania reaches mandatory retirement age and will step down from that post: The Examiner of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia has an article headlined "Rule over for Chief Justice."
Posted at 08:05 AM by Howard Bashman
"Gwen's Take: Inside the Supreme Court with Sonia Sotomayor." Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour has this essay at that program's web site.
Posted at 07:53 AM by Howard Bashman
"Supreme Court could gut key protection for minority voters": Zachary Roth of msnbc has this report.
At TPM DC, Sahil Kapur has an article headlined "How The Voting Rights Act, Now In Danger, Came To Pass And Shaped History."
And online at The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen has an essay titled "The Supreme Court's Threat to the Voting Rights Act: A History; One of the most popular and successful federal laws in America survived decades of partisan congresses and administrations; Next week, the justices may finally dismantle it."
"Snyder still working on Hathaway replacement for Michigan Supreme Court": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 07:48 AM by Howard Bashman
"DNA Privacy Gets First U.S. Supreme Court Test in Rape Case": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 07:44 AM by Howard Bashman
"Justice Orie Melvin, sister found guilty; Jury finds that pair used state workers to run campaigns": Paula Reed Ward has this article today in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The newspaper also reports that "Orie Melvin faces removal from state Supreme Court."
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports today that "State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, sister Janine Orie found guilty on almost all counts." In addition, columnist Eric Heyl has an essay titled "Orie story has reality TV written all over it."
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that "Convicted Justice Joan Orie Melvin could be ordered from office or impeached."
The Associated Press reports that "Pa. judge, her 2 sisters convicted of corruption."
And The Philadelphia Daily News contains an editorial titled "Time to put merit selection of judges on the fast track."