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Friday, March 26, 2010

"Court: Seattle police OK to Taser pregnant woman." The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court says three Seattle police officers were justified when they used a stun gun on a pregnant mother who refused to sign a traffic ticket."

You can access today's ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 04:30 PM by Howard Bashman

"Arizona Federal Judge Mary H. Murguia Nominated to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals": The Public Information Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued this news release today.
Posted at 03:58 PM by Howard Bashman

"Which Side of History?" Linda Greenhouse has this post at the "Opinionator" blog of The New York Times.
Posted at 03:22 PM by Howard Bashman

"Court strikes limits on contributions to independent political groups": Dan Eggen of The Washington Post has this news update.

The Associated Press reports that "RNC loses bid to raise unlimited 'soft' money."

At "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has posts titled "Widening impact of Citizens United; Circuit nullifies donor limit" and "'Soft money' donation ban upheld; Broad GOP challenge rejected."

And "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times" has posts titled "D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Limits on Donations to Independent Political Groups" and "Citing Precedent, Panel Upholds Soft-Money Ban."

The decisions being reported on consist of an en banc ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the ruling of a three-judge court of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Posted at 03:17 PM by Howard Bashman

"District's Post-Heller Firearm Restrictions Are Upheld": At "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Tony Mauro has a post that begins, "Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has just ruled that the D.C. firearm ordinances enacted after the Supreme Court's D.C. v. Heller decision in 2008 'permissibly regulate the exercise of the core Second Amendment right to use firearms for the purpose of self-defense in the home.' Urbina ruled in a case brought by Dick Heller, the same plaintiff who challenged the previous D.C. ordinance at the Supreme Court."

Michael Doyle of McClatchy's Washington Bureau has a post titled "Heller shot down, judicially speaking, as court upholds D.C. gun regs" at his "Suits & Sentences" blog.

At "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "New D.C. gun laws upheld; Sequel to 2008 ruling."

And The Associated Press reports that "Judge upholds DC's post-Supreme Court gun laws."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia at this link.
Posted at 03:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"Appeals court scolds Wingate; Judge accepts blame for verdict held 6-plus years": Yesterday's edition of The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi contained an article that begins, "Chief U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate has been criticized by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after taking more than six years to enter a final judgment in a civil case."

Footnote two on page three of this non-precedential Fifth Circuit ruling from last week gives rise to The Clarion-Ledger's report.
Posted at 11:07 AM by Howard Bashman

"She's 1-for-2 in sex-for-tix case; Not guilty of prostitution, guilty of attempted prostitution": The Philadelphia Daily News today contains an article that begins, "Susan Finkelstein, whose 15 minutes of fame has finally come to an end after months of notoriety, was found not guilty yesterday of prostitution, but guilty of attempted prostitution by a Bucks County jury in her sex-for-World-Series-tickets trial."

And today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer contains an article headlined "Mixed verdict in tickets-for-sex trial."
Posted at 11:02 AM by Howard Bashman

"After victory, conservatives mount new challenges to campaign finance limits": Today's edition of The Washington Post contains an article that begins, "In a small office overlooking Indiana's Highway 40, James Bopp Jr. is preparing a nationwide assault on campaign finance regulations."
Posted at 10:58 AM by Howard Bashman

"Former DOJ Official Picked for 9th Circuit": David Ingram has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."

And The Associated Press reports that "Arizona judge nominated for appeals court."

You can access the official Federal Judicial Center biography for U.S. District Judge Mary H. Murguia (D. Ariz.) at this link.
Posted at 10:35 AM by Howard Bashman

"New war-court chief may mean more tribunals at Guantanamo": Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald has this report.
Posted at 07:58 AM by Howard Bashman

Articles of interest available online at SSRN: Law professor Bradley W. Joondeph has a paper titled "The Political Dimensions of Federal Preemption in the United States Courts of Appeals" (via "Legal Theory Blog").

And Shaun M. Pettigrew and law professor David R. Stras have an essay titled "The Rising Caseload in the Fourth Circuit: A Statistical and Institutional Analysis" (via "Legal Theory Blog").
Posted at 07:56 AM by Howard Bashman

"State High Court weighs strip club 'pole tax'": This article appears today in The San Antonio Express-News.

Today in The Austin American-Statesman, Chuck Lindell reports that "Texas Supreme Court tackles tax on strip clubs; Owners say fee violates free speech; officials say it aids public safety."

And The Wall Street Journal reports that "'Sin Tax' Called Naked Money Grab." You can access the full text of this article via Google News.

Via this post from yesterday evening, you can access the video of the oral argument.
Posted at 07:48 AM by Howard Bashman

"L.A. can bar Hare Krishnas from panhandling at airports, court rules; The California Supreme Court rules bans on solicitations do not violate state constitutional guarantees of free speech; The ruling covers all cities and counties in the state": Maura Dolan and Dan Weikel have this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko reports that "Airport money-raising ban ruled constitutional."

And The Daily Breeze of Torrance, California reports that "Court rules in favor of LAX regulating Hare Krishna solicitors."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Supreme Court of California ruling appears at this link.

And a related YouTube clip can be accessed here.
Posted at 07:42 AM by Howard Bashman

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