Saturday, February 24, 2007
On this evening's broadcast of NPR's 'All Things Considered": The broadcast contained audio segments entitled "Federal Oversight of Little Rock Schools Ends" and "Mexican Truckers Gain More U.S. Access" (RealPlayer required).
Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman
"The Roberts Court, Taxpayers, and Religion": Law Professor Douglas W. Kmiec has this post at the "Talking Justice" blog.
Posted at 10:55 PM by Howard Bashman
"Retirement funds can be tapped for restitution; Court says criminal's accessible pension not protected by law": Yesterday in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko had this article reporting on Thursday's 10-5 ruling of an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Posted at 12:10 PM by Howard Bashman
"Privacy not guaranteed in discussing execution method, U.S. judge rules": Maura Dolan has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.
Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko reports that "Judge rejects secrecy for death penalty data."
The San Jose Mercury News reports that "Execution plan can be drafted; Lawyers agree to secret process."
And The Sacramento Bee contains an article headlined "Deal on execution review; Inmate's lawyer, media agree state can develop new protocol in secrecy."
"Federal Supervision of Race in Little Rock Schools Ends": This article appears today in The New York Times.
"Guantanamo rights": The St. Petersburg Times today contains an editorial that begins, "A ruling by a federal appellate court that shuts the courthouse door on the detainees imprisoned in Guantanamo only makes it more imperative that Congress act to restore the right of habeas corpus to this population."
Posted at 11:45 AM by Howard Bashman
"To Push Death Penalty Or Not; Prosecutors Asked In Court To Explain How They Decide": The Hartford Courant today contains an article that begins, "Five of the state's top prosecutors - who usually ask the questions in court - were forced to answer them on the witness stand Friday as defense lawyers for a convicted murderer mounted a challenge to the constitutionality of the state's death penalty."
Posted at 11:37 AM by Howard Bashman
"Same-sex teaching upheld; Lexington parents say they'll appeal": The Boston Globe today contains an article that begins, "A federal judge yesterday dismissed a suit by two couples who contended that the Lexington public school system violated their constitutional rights by teaching their young children about same-sex couples, but the ruling is unlikely to end a controversy that has roiled the district for nearly two years." And a related editorial is entitled "Upholding diversity lessons."
You can access yesterday's ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts at this link.
"A Brave New Wikiworld": Today in The Washington Post, Law Professor Cass R. Sunstein has an op-ed that begins, "In the past year, Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that "anyone can edit," has been cited four times as often as the Encyclopedia Britannica in judicial opinions, and the number is rapidly growing."
Posted at 11:13 AM by Howard Bashman
"MP3 Patent Verdict Harmless To Music Fans -- For Now": The Washington Post contains this article today.
And The Los Angeles Times today contains an editorial entitled "Patent problems in patent law: A $1.52-billion ruling against Microsoft could hobble technological innovation."
"Co-Defendants of Padilla Are Seeking to Split Cases": This article appears today in The New York Times.
Posted at 10:45 AM by Howard Bashman
"Army refiles Watada charges": The Seattle Times today contains an article that begins, "Undaunted by an initial mistrial, the Army on Friday refiled charges against 1st. Lt. Ehren Watada, a Fort Lewis officer who faces up to six years in prison for failing to deploy to Iraq and alleged misconduct."
The Honolulu Advertiser today contans an article headlined "It's 'back to square one' for Watada."
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that "Army, Watada 'back at square 1'; The military charges the officer again after his first court-martial ended in a mistrial."
The Associated Press reports that "Army's Iraq War Objector Charged Again."
"Better Pay for Judges": The New York Times today contains an editorial that begins, "Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court told the Senate this month that the salaries paid to federal judges are so low that they threaten both the quality and independence of the judiciary. The problem is real, and Congress should quickly pass a bill to fix it."
Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman
"Judge says his free speech is on trial; Faces possible removal from bench after City of Toronto alleged appearance of bias": The Toronto Star today contains an article that begins, "A Toronto judge who faces possible removal from the bench over allegations that his opposition to a development project in his neighbourhood affected his ability to sit in impartial judgment of the city says the case will test the boundaries of judicial free speech."
Posted at 09:03 AM by Howard Bashman
"Court puts security certificates in limbo; Ottawa forced to scramble after top court overturns key parts of controversial detention measures": This article appears today in The Toronto Globe and Mail, along with an article headlined "Charkaoui joins fray on political judiciary."
And The Toronto Star reports today that "Men denied fair hearing, court rules; In a unanimous decision on security certificates, judges call it unconstitutional to detain people based on secret evidence." In addition, columnist Thomas Walkom has a news analysis headlined "Canada turns crucial corner."