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Saturday, March 16, 2013

"Supreme Court Weighs Whether States Can Require Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote": Sahil Kapur has this report at TPM DC.
Posted at 10:56 PM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court to hear generic drug suit next week": Politico.com has this report.
Posted at 10:55 PM by Howard Bashman


"Aaron Swartz's estate seeks release of documents": Today's edition of The Boston Globe contains an article that begins, "The estate of Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who was charged with hacking by the federal government and later committed suicide, filed a ­motion in federal court in ­Boston Friday to allow release of documents in the case that has generated national controversy and raised questions over the US attorney's aggressive pursuit of a stiff sentence."
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman


En banc Fifth Circuit declines to impose "cumbersome methodological requirement on lower courts to conduct a nationwide survey and look to the majority of state codes -- as well as the Model Penal Code, federal law, and criminal law treatises -- when deriving the meaning of an undefined offense category enumerated in a federal sentencing enhancement": You can access yesterday's en banc ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit at this link. It is interesting to note that authorship of the majority opinion is attributed to two Fifth Circuit Judges.

A dissenter from yesterday's en banc Fifth Circuit ruling wrote that he preferred the approach that Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III employed in a recent Fourth Circuit ruling that I noted in an earlier post.
Posted at 02:30 PM by Howard Bashman



"Ted Cruz: From Texas Underdog To Republican Up-And-Comer." David Welna had this audio segment on today's broadcast of NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday."

And in today's edition of The New York Times, columnist Gail Collins has an op-ed titled "The Dread That Is Ted."
Posted at 02:16 PM by Howard Bashman



"In Mississippi, a Gray Area Between Black and White": Jess Bravin has this front page article today in The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper also contains a related article headlined "Behind the Suit That Started It All."
Posted at 02:11 PM by Howard Bashman


"The Long Life and Now Death of the Virginia Sodomy Statute": Shon R. Hopwood has this post at "The CockleBur."
Posted at 01:48 PM by Howard Bashman


"Federal Circuit grants en banc review of case challenging de novo review of district courts' claims-construction decisions": John Council had this post yesterday at the "Tex Parte Blog" of Texas Lawyer.

And in other coverage, at the "Patently-O" blog, Jason Rantanen has a post titled "Federal Circuit to Reconsider De Novo Review of Claim Construction."

Yesterday's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit can be accessed here.
Posted at 01:38 PM by Howard Bashman



"Richard G. Taranto sworn in as Federal Circuit Judge on Friday, March 15, 2013": The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has posted online this announcement. Circuit Judge Taranto's entry at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges can be accessed here.
Posted at 01:30 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court Weighs Whether Mentally Ill Can Consent To S&M": The Connecticut Law Tribune has this report.
Posted at 11:40 AM by Howard Bashman


"U.S. acknowledges 14 on hunger strike at Guantanamo prison": Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald has this report.
Posted at 11:37 AM by Howard Bashman


"North Dakota has funds to fight over abortion": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "As oil-rich North Dakota moves toward outlawing most abortions, it's in a better position than most states for what could be a long and costly court battle over its restrictions."

And The Bismarck Tribune reports today that "Abortion bills passed."
Posted at 10:12 AM by Howard Bashman



"Partisan split marks high court gay marriage cases": Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 10:09 AM by Howard Bashman


"Right to Lawyer Can Be Empty Promise for Poor": Ethan Bronner has this front page article today in The New York Times.
Posted at 09:23 AM by Howard Bashman






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