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Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Court upholds death sentences, but Mother Nature had the last word": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this blog post about an opinion and order that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 11:45 PM by Howard Bashman


"Concealed gun case gets new hearing; Larger panel of judges to decide if attorney general can intervene in San Diego County lawsuit": The San Diego Union-Tribune has this report.

Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that "Court to review ruling to permit concealed weapons in California."

Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News reports that "California concealed gun ruling to be reconsidered."

The Los Angeles Times reports that "Appeals court to reconsider ruling against San Diego gun-control rule."

And Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports that "U.S. appeals court to reconsider San Diego gun restriction."

You can access today's orders of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granting rehearing en banc here and here.
Posted at 11:42 PM by Howard Bashman



"Munyenyezi sentenced to 10 years for lying about role in genocide": In July 2013, The Concord (N.H.) Monitor published an article that begins, "Beatrice Munyenyezi was sentenced today to serve 10 years in prison for lying about her role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide."

Yesterday, in an opinion written by Circuit Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the convictions and sentence.
Posted at 11:28 PM by Howard Bashman



"Is it legal for US military to scan the public's computers for kid porn? Law-enforcement computer program called RoundUp searches for hashed images." David Kravets of Ars Technica has an article that begins, "A federal appeals court is having second thoughts about its decision frowning on the US Navy for scanning every computer in the state of Washington accessing Gnutella, a large peer-to-peer network."

And at "Just Security," Steve Vladeck has a post titled "Ninth Circuit Grants En Banc Rehearing in Posse Comitatus/Unlawful Surveillance Case."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Ninth Circuit order granting rehearing en banc can be accessed here.
Posted at 09:38 PM by Howard Bashman



"Inside America's Toughest Federal Prison: For years, conditions inside the United States' only federal supermax facility were largely a mystery; But a landmark lawsuit is finally revealing the harsh world within." Mark Binelli will have this article in this upcoming Sunday's edition of The New York Times Magazine.
Posted at 09:14 PM by Howard Bashman


"Judge halts changes to law giving benefits to gay couples": Bobby Cervantes of The Houston Chronicle has an article that begins, "A Wichita Falls federal district judge on Thursday granted Attorney General Ken Paxton's request to temporarily stop the federal government from revising the Family and Medical Leave Act to include federal employees in same-sex unions."

And Reuters reports that "U.S. court halts Labor Department same-sex couple protections."

You can access today's opinion and order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas at this link.
Posted at 09:00 PM by Howard Bashman



"Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Ask Appeals Court for Its Hand in Video Leak Lawsuit; The couple sued YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for posting video of their marriage proposal, allegedly in violation of a confidentiality agreement": Austin Siegemund-Broka has this post today at the "Hollywood, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter.
Posted at 08:50 PM by Howard Bashman


President Obama seeks to achieve another first in a judicial nominee: Today the White House announced the nomination of Paula Xinis to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland.

Ms. Xinis appears to be very highly qualified for this judicial post. If the U.S. Senate agrees and confirms the nomination, she would become the first Article III judge whose last name begins with the letter X. Don't be Zilly and embark on a Quist to see if any other letters have yet to start the last name of an Article III judge, because X is the only letter without anyone to mark the spot.

Update: In news coverage, Justin Fenton of The Baltimore Sun reports that "Obama nominates Murphy Firm partner for federal bench."
Posted at 06:07 PM by Howard Bashman



"A Few Thoughts on Adnan Syed's Opening Brief": Steve Klepper had this post yesterday at the "Maryland Appellate Blog."

And in other recent coverage, The Baltimore Sun reports that "'Serial' podcast subject Syed makes his case for a new trial."

And USA Today reports that "'Serial' subject blames lawyer in new appeal."
Posted at 05:55 PM by Howard Bashman



"Skeptical judges question industry assault on EPA's carbon capture rule": Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire has this report.

You can access the audio of today's D.C. Circuit oral argument via this link (47.2 MB mp3 audio file).
Posted at 04:22 PM by Howard Bashman



"Court hears appeal in terror-related custody dispute": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 03:11 PM by Howard Bashman


"Wal-Mart in no hurry to pay workers after Pennsylvania court loss": The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has this report.
Posted at 02:00 PM by Howard Bashman


"Kentucky judges weigh whether schools, teachers liable if bullied student commits suicide": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 01:56 PM by Howard Bashman


"Nevada Court of Appeals hears first oral arguments": The Las Vegas Review-Journal has this report.
Posted at 01:50 PM by Howard Bashman


"Gov. Mike Pence signs 'religious freedom' bill in private": The Indianapolis Star has this report.
Posted at 01:46 PM by Howard Bashman


"Beating Animals Breaks Law. Now Trying to Expose It Does, Too." Isaac Arnsdorf of Bloomberg News has a report that begins, "An undercover video taped in 2012 showed Idaho dairy workers beating cows, prompting criminal convictions. State lawmakers responded -- by banning undercover videos."
Posted at 01:35 PM by Howard Bashman


When using a contraction in an appellate brief simply can't be avoided: In this decision that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today, attorney Dennis M. Bear Don't Walk argued the appeal for the plaintiff-appellee.
Posted at 01:25 PM by Howard Bashman


"When Deciding Gay Marriage, SCOTUS Should Listen to John Roberts' Confirmation Hearing": Judith E. Schaeffer has this essay online at Slate.
Posted at 12:12 PM by Howard Bashman


"Holmes' bill targets Kan. Supreme Court": Today's edition of The Hutchinson News contains a front page article that begins, "State Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, has called for legislation to expand significantly the grounds for impeachment of Kansas Supreme Court justices."
Posted at 10:33 AM by Howard Bashman


"Constitution Check: Is the Supreme Court promoting race bias in election districting?" Lyle Denniston has this post today at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 10:27 AM by Howard Bashman


"The Lawsuit That Could Take Down Obamacare Has A Paper-Trail Problem": Sam Stein of The Huffington Post has this report.
Posted at 10:24 AM by Howard Bashman


"Tennessee judge's epic firsts are historic, unparalleled": The Tennessean has published this profile of Senior Sixth Circuit Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey.
Posted at 10:18 AM by Howard Bashman


"Reunited 2 Live Crew Talk Running From the Cops, Winning in the Supreme Court; Infamous Miami trio share their wildest road story and break down the evolution of their 'nasty' sound": Jesse Serwer has this report online at Rolling Stone.
Posted at 10:14 AM by Howard Bashman






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