Tuesday, March 1, 2011
"The question this appeal presents is whether Florida's license requirement for interior designers practicing in commercial settings within the state violates the United States Constitution." So begins a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued today.
Posted at 10:24 PM by Howard Bashman
"He'll Be Here All Week -- The verdict is in: Chief Justice John Roberts is hilarious." Dahlia Lithwick has this Supreme Court dispatch online at Slate.
Posted at 08:54 PM by Howard Bashman
"Appeals court green lights lawsuit against VOA": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "An appeals court has given a green light to a lawsuit by an ex-translator of U.S. broadcasts into Iran who was fired after making an Internet music video criticizing the Iraq War."
"Calif AG asks court to lift gay marriage stay": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "California's attorney general asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to allow gay marriages to resume while the court considers the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex unions."
Posted at 04:44 PM by Howard Bashman
"Q: Do corporations have 'personal privacy'? A: No." Mark Liberman has this post at the "Language Log" blog.
At the blog "LAWnLinguistics: Not about the linguistics of lawns," Neal Goldfarb has a post titled "Decision in FCC v. AT&T."
And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "A word game over 'privacy': The Court rules unanimously that corporations, as artificial persons, are not given a right of 'personal privacy' that shields from public disclosure records that they have had to turn over to government investigators."
"Is a 'stand-in' witness OK? The Court on Wednesday holds oral argument on one of the simplest issues involving the right to confront one's accusers at a criminal trial: may a different witness be substituted for the actual accuser?" Lyle Denniston has this oral argument preview at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 03:27 PM by Howard Bashman
"Court may not make ruling on child abuse case": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday that it may not make a decision about whether child social workers need warrants to talk to potential victims of sex abuse at school."
At at the "School Law" blog of Education Week, Mark Walsh has a post titled "Justices Weigh School Interviews on Sex Abuse."
In today's mail: A copy of Ross Guberman's new book, "Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates," published by Oxford University Press.
Posted at 02:57 PM by Howard Bashman
Judge Posner returns to high school: Well, not literally, of course, but he did issue this interesting decision today on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Posted at 02:51 PM by Howard Bashman
Today's decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court in argued cases: The Court today issued three decisions in argued cases.
1. Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. delivered the opinion of the Court in Henderson v. Shinseki. No. 09-1036, in which all other Justices joined except for Elena Kagan, who did not take part in the decision. You can access the oral argument via this link.
2. Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court in Staub v. Proctor Hospital, No. 09-400. Justice Alito issued an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which Justice Clarence Thomas joined. You can access the oral argument via this link.
3. And Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. delivered the opinion of the Court in FCC v. AT&T Inc., No. 09-1279, in which all other Justices joined except for Elena Kagan, who did not take part in the decision. You can access the oral argument via this link.
In coverage of these rulings, The Associated Press has reports headlined "Court says veteran can appeal missed deadline"; "High court sides with fired Army reservist"; and "Court: No personal privacy for business in FOIA."
"High court tries to crack cocaine case": Columnist Dana Milbank has this op-ed online at The Washington Post.
Posted at 02:23 PM by Howard Bashman
"Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Mourns Passing of Senior Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall": The Public Information Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued this news release today.
Posted at 01:52 PM by Howard Bashman
"U.S. Asks to Destroy Guns Owned by Blogger in Prison for Threats to Judges": Bloomberg News has a report that begins, "Federal prosecutors told a judge they want to destroy four firearms, including a Mossberg 12- gauge shotgun, owned by Hal Turner, the Internet radio host and blogger sentenced to 33 months in prison for threatening the lives of three U.S. appeals-court judges."
Posted at 01:50 PM by Howard Bashman
"'Dynamic' duo of Kagan, Sotomayor add vigor to court": Joan Biskupic has this article today in USA Today.
Posted at 01:48 PM by Howard Bashman
Programming note: Later this morning, I will be presenting an oral argument to a three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
At 10 a.m. eastern time today, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to issue one or more opinions in argued cases. You can access those opinions via this link just as soon as the Court posts them online.
In addition, "SCOTUSblog" is likely to offer prompt coverage of today's rulings.