Tuesday, May 20, 2008
"Court Denies Parental Status Of Ex-Partners": The Washington Post today contains an article that begins, "Maryland's highest court ruled yesterday that someone who lives with and helps raise a child before a relationship with the child's legal parent dissolves has virtually no rights to custody or visitation, in a decision that disappointed advocates for same-sex couples."
"Virginia Allowed To Set Execution": The Washington Post today contains an article that begins, "The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday allowed Virginia to set an execution date for a death row inmate who is challenging the state's method of lethal injection as painful and inhumane."
"Meddling in Gay Marriage: California's Supreme Court intrudes into a social issue that the state's political process was handling well." This editorial appears today in The Washington Post.
Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman
"Supreme Court restores full prison term in LAX plot by 'millennium bomber'; Ahmed Ressam, convicted of planning to set off explosives at the airport in 1999, had had nearly half of his 22-year sentence voided by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.
And The Washington Post reports today that "High Court Affirms Terrorism Conviction; Ruling Upholds Federal Explosives Law."
"Supreme Court upholds child-pornography law; Messages offering or seeking sexual images of minors -- real or not -- will no longer qualify as free speech and be protected by the 1st Amendment": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.
"Court Upholds Tax Exemptions for Municipal Bonds": Linda Greenhouse has this article today in The New York Times.
Today in The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that "High Court Allows State Tax Breaks For Bonds."
law.com's Tony Mauro reports that "Supreme Court Upholds State Municipal Bond Exemption."
And The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that "Ky. taxing method upheld; Supreme Court preserves bond interest break."
"Noriega takes extradition fight to appeals court": The Associated Press provides this report.
"Court Says Dollar Design Discriminates Against Blind": This audio segment (RealPlayer required) appeared on this evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered."
Posted at 08:12 PM by Howard Bashman
Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald is reporting: She has articles headlined "Lawyer: '20th hijacker' suspect tries suicide" and "Lawyers seek first delay in 9/11 death case."
Posted at 08:05 PM by Howard Bashman
"Virginia Abortion Ban Struck Down": Adam Liptak will have this article Wednesday in The New York Times.
And Reuters reports that "Court strikes down state ban on abortion method."
"Turkey flies through Lubbock County Courthouse window, unharmed by hit": The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal today contains an article that begins, "A wild turkey crashed through a window in the Lubbock County Courthouse on Monday, prompting thoughts of a courthouse shooting and leaving a cartoon-like hole in the glass." You can view a photograph of the "cartoon-like hole in the glass" by clicking here.
And The Associated Press reports that "Confused turkey smashes into Texas courthouse window."
"Court strikes down Va. late-term abortion ban": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "A federal appeals court says Virginia's law banning a type of late-term abortion is still unconstitutional, even though a similar federal ban has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 2-1 decision Tuesday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirms the same court's 2005 ruling striking down the law. The Supreme Court had ordered the appeals court to take another look at the law after the ruling on the federal ban."
"Justice with Salem tie confirmed for federal court post; Nomination of another Roanoke Valley jurist still pending": The Roanoke Times provides a news update that begins, "The U.S. Senate this afternoon confirmed Virginia Supreme Court Justice Steven Agee of Salem to fill a vacancy on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, approving the appointment by a vote of 96-0."
And The Virginian-Pilot provides a news update headlined "Senate OKs Roanoke judge's appointment to federal court."
"State high court justice's wife pleads not guilty in arson case": The Houston Chronicle provides this news update.
Unanimous three-judge Sixth Circuit panel rejects challenge to Grand Rapids, Michigan ordinance governing "Conduct in Sexually Oriented Businesses": You can access today's ruling at this link.
Posted at 04:53 PM by Howard Bashman
Money also discriminates against the poor: The Washington Post provides a news update headlined "Court Rules That Paper Money Discriminates Against the Blind."
The Associated Press provides a report headlined "Court: Paper money discriminates against the blind."
Bloomberg News reports that "U.S. Must Modify Paper Money to Accommodate Blind."
James Vicini of Reuters provides a report headlined "U.S. court: currency discriminates against the blind."
Agence France-Presse reports that "US court rules paper money discriminates against blind."
CNNMoney.com provides a report headlined "Paper money unfair to blind - court; Federal appeals court says Treasury Department is violating the law by keeping dollars the same size and feel."
And in news from Cincinnati, "Courthouse Deli Owner Praises Court Order On Currency."
Unfortunately, today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit likewise discriminates against the blind, who must depend on others to learn what it says. And the online version of the ruling discriminates against those without internet access.
"Pa. justices won raise for upholding slots law, lawsuit claims": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "The League of Women Voters sued Pennsylvania's former chief justice yesterday, alleging that the Supreme Court upheld the state's slot machine gambling law in exchange for approval of a judicial pay raise."
I have posted online at this link the complaint initiating suit filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
"Scalia Interview Transcript": ABA Journal has posted online the complete transcript of that publication's recent interview with Justice Antonin Scalia. And Richard Brust, who conducted the interview for the publication, has written a piece headlined "Inside the Scalia Interview."
Posted at 07:50 AM by Howard Bashman
"Reid gives no guarantees on judicial confirmations": The Hill provides a report that begins, "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave no assurances Monday that three appeals court judges would be confirmed before Memorial Day. The Senate will vote Tuesday on the nomination of Steven Agee to a Virginia seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and Reid held out the possibility that Raymond Kethledge and Helene White would be confirmed for Michigan's seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit."
Posted at 07:47 AM by Howard Bashman
"Chewing Gum Trademark Battle Sent Back to District Court": law.com provides a report that begins, "A nearly decade-long dispute over the use of formulas for Bazooka bubble gum and other products made by Topps Co. is headed back to a district court following a decision by a federal appeals court."