Wednesday, February 29, 2012
"Ex-cops convicted in Pa. cover-up case lose appeal": The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued today.
Posted at 10:09 PM by Howard Bashman
"Court extends NYC church access to public schools": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected an attempt by New York City to keep churches out of its public schools while a judge decides whether a city law banning them from its school buildings can be enforced."
And Bloomberg News reports that "New York City's Bid to Halt Worship in Schools Rejected by Federal Court."
"Federal Circuit Nominee Faces Tough Questions During Senate Hearing": At "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Todd Ruger has a post that begins, "D.C. lawyer Richard Taranto, nominated for a slot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, handled some tough questioning during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday over his views on the Defense of Marriage Act and whistleblower litigation."
Posted at 08:57 PM by Howard Bashman
"Supreme Court appears split on Indy sewer tax case": The Indianapolis Star has a news update that begins, "The U.S. Supreme Court appeared split Wednesday over whether Indianapolis treated some homeowners fairly when it forgave the outstanding debt their neighbors owed for sewer hookups."
And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Argument recap: That old slippery slope -- again."
You can access the transcript of today's U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Armour v. Indianapolis, No. 11-161, at this link. Mark T. Stancil argued for the petitioners, and Paul D. Clement argued for the respondents.
"Chief U.S. District Judge sends racially charged email about president": The Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune has this news update.
Posted at 08:47 PM by Howard Bashman
"Court OKs warrantless cell phone search": Terry Baynes of Reuters has this report.
And at "The Volokh Conspiracy," Orin Kerr has a post titled "Judge Posner on Searching a Cell Phone Incident to Arrest."
"Constitutional Showdown Voided: Feds Decrypt Laptop Without Defendant's Help." David Kravets has this post at Wired.com's "Threat Level" blog.
Posted at 08:33 PM by Howard Bashman
"Minority groups object to new Texas political maps": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 05:11 PM by Howard Bashman
"Panel Upholds $17 Mil. Judgment in Warehouse Accident": Amaris Elliott-Engel has this front page article, in which I am mentioned, in today's edition of The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia's daily newspaper for lawyers.
"Bad Marriage: Why the Supreme Court should stay out of affirmative action." Richard Thompson Ford has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
"EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules Are Illegal, Opponents Tell Appeals Court Panel": Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 04:09 PM by Howard Bashman
"Judge Grants Summary Judgment to Tobacco Companies in Graphic Labels Case": At "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Zoe Tillman has this post reporting on an opinion and order that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued today.
In other coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Judge blocks graphic images on cigarette packages."
And Reuters has a report headlined "U.S. judge-Tobacco health labels violate free speech."
"Court Wary of Torture Cases; Conservative Justices Suggest Foreign Organizations Can't Be Sued in the U.S." Jess Bravin has this article today in The Wall Street Journal.
Posted at 02:24 PM by Howard Bashman
"Alabama's immigration policy heads to court": Terry Baynes of Reuters has this report on a case to be argued tomorrow in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
"NY lawyer Lynne Stewart asks court to reconsider sentence": Reuters has a report that begins, "Comments made by New York lawyer Lynne Stewart should not have been used to increase her prison term, Stewart's attorneys told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday."
And Bloomberg News reports that "Lawyer Stewart Claims Terror Sentence Punishes Free Speech."
"This appeal requires us to consider the circumstances in which the search of a cell phone is permitted by the Fourth Amendment even if the search is not authorized by a warrant." So begins an interesting opinion that Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner issued today on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
And in somewhat related news, you can now access online via this link video from the 2012 symposium of the Stanford Law Review, titled "The Privacy Paradox: Privacy and Its Conflicting Values." Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski delivered the keynote address, which you can view online via this link.
"Obama makes a play for Scalia": Politico.com has a report that begins, "The Obama administration needs to win over at least one conservative Supreme Court justice to save its health care reform law and it's pulling out the stops to get one."
Posted at 12:26 PM by Howard Bashman
Access online today's ruling in an argued case of the U.S. Supreme Court: The Court issued one opinion today in an argued case.
Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion of the Court in Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp., No. 10-879. Justice Elena Kagan issued a concurring opinion. And Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer joined. You can access the oral argument via this link.
"Supreme Court Debates Rights Case Aimed at Corporations": Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.
Today in The Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage reports that "Supreme Court appears to back corporations in torture cases; Conservative justices indicate that multinational firms and political groups should be shielded from lawsuits in the U.S. over atrocities overseas."
And yesterday evening's broadcast of The PBS NewsHour contained a segment entitled "Supreme Court Weighs Corporate Liability in Human Rights Cases" featuring Marcia Coyle.
"Lawyer Stewart Claims 10-Year Terror Sentence Punishes Her Free Speech": Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 08:05 AM by Howard Bashman